"I've been to every home game except Nebraska. They are a good team with a new coach and they are playing really well; I can't wait to get in there and try to make an impact," he said.
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound prospect has really enjoyed watching his future team play this season and has been impressed with what he's seen on the field.
"I think the offensive line is doing really well for having two freshmen tackles and a freshman center. I don't think they are given enough credit. I know Coach [Adrian] Klemm works hard with them, because Coach Klemm is a champion and he knows what they are capable of. It hurt a little when Jeff Baca got hurt, but I think they are playing really well and it's going to be hard for me to play but competition breeds success and I want to be great," he said.
He'll get a little bit of extra time to compete, as Dowling is on track to graduate in December and join the Bruins in early 2013.
"I don't know yet if they will redshirt me, but I know that I'm graduating early so I can have extra time to compete for a spot. I'll do whatever Coach Mora wants; I know he spent years in the league having success for a reason. I want to compete, but if Coach Mora and Coach Klemm don't think I'm ready, I'll redshirt," he said.
A highly-touted player, Dowling holds offers from the Big Ten, Big Twelve, Pac-12, Ivy League, and most recently, the SEC (Vanderbilt offered this week), and he has plans to take two additional official visits.
"I'm visiting Oklahoma on October 20th and I'm thinking about visiting Washington State on the 13th, for the California game. Oklahoma is one of my biggest offers and I've had a special place in my heart for them since back when Adrian Peterson played. It's not an opportunity I'll have again.
"At Washington State, I really, really like [head coach] Mike Leach and [offensive line coach] Clay McGuire. I lived in Seattle for three years, but I've never been to Pullman before. The UCLA coaches know I'm taking the visits and they are cool with it," he said.
However, Dowling reiterated his loyalty to the Bruins.
"Coach Klemm is such a good recruiter. I know it's the place for me. UCLA was the place for me from the second they offered me. I committed back in April; I wanted to commit on the spot after I got my offer. I really like having it out of the way. I know I'm going to be a Bruin, so I can just have fun with the recruiting process now.
"My whole family loves Coach Mora," he said. "I talk with Coach Klemm and Coach [Marques} Tuiasosopo a lot. They both spent time in the league and that's where I want to end up, so it's nice to be able to talk with them about it."
Dowling has also had the opportunity to do a little recruiting of his own.
"I know it's bringing in more competition, but I know Poasi Moala pretty well; I trained with him a couple of times. I know Cameron Hunt pretty well, too, and Scott Quessenberry; I've been talking with them," he said.
Though his senior season has been less than spectacular, Dowling ultimately has his eye on his collegiate future.
"We haven't won a game yet, and it really hurts. We haven't been able to do much, but I'm going to be a Bruin and I'm going to win a ton of games in college," he said.