Downey will visit five campuses in the coming weeks, then cast his lot with someone during the early signing period in November.
First up is Tennessee (Aug. 27-29). Maryland (Sept. 3-5) gets the second visit, followed by Arkansas (Sept. 10-12) , Cincinnati (Sept. 17-19) and Miami (Sept. 24-26). The homestate South Carolina Gamecocks remain in the picture, as well.
''I really am going to be looking at this thing from a basketball standpoint because I think at all of those schools I could get a great education," Downey told Dudley E. Dawson of HawgsIllustrated.com. ''It will be just about what is the best situation for me.''
Downey, rated the No. 7 point guard and the No. 38 overall prospect in America by The Insiders, averaged 27 points, 6 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 2003-04.
After a strong summer showing with the South Carolina Ravens in AAU play, he's ready to focus on picking a college.
''I think the summer went well and now I can start concentrating a little bit on this recruiting,'' Downey said. ''They are all great schools.''
Tennessee's current point guard, C.J. Watson, will be a senior in 2005-06 -- the first year Downey would be eligible for college competition. The Vols' backup point guard is Dane Bradshaw, who played some as a true freshman last winter.