Juco DB looking at Washington

In a continuing theme, the Huskies have been entertaining several junior college defensive back candidates hoping to improve the depth in a secondary that was ranked seventh in the Pac 10 allowing 275 yards per game. One player on the Huskies radar is Butte College DB Jameel Dowling. Dowling recently visited Montlake, unofficially, and talked about his season and how recruiting is going.

"I was up (in Tacoma) visiting my mom and so I went to the Apple Cup," Dowling told Dawgman.com earlier this week. "I had never been to an Apple Cup before so it was pretty cool getting to see that game. The crowd was hyped."

Dowling is a versatile player because of his size and speed combo. He's listed at 6-3, 190 pounds and claims a 4.4 forty time and a 37 inch vertical. Most schools are looking at him as a safety, but he can play corner if needed.

"Most of the schools are looking at me as a safety right now, because that's how I finished up my year," Dowling said. "I played the first part of the season at corner, but the last two at safety. In those two games I had 22 tackles and four interceptions."

Dowling finished the season with eight interceptions and over 70 tackles.

As for recruiting, Dowling is hearing from lots of schools but only one offer has come forth at this point.

"Purdue is the only one who's offered right now, but several are close," Dowling reported. "TCU, Washington State, Tennessee and Arizona State said they want to, but they aren't ready yet."

Besides those schools, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Idaho are also in contact with Dowling quite a bit. Washington offensive coordinator Tim Lappano has had a lot of contact with the playmaker who originally hails from Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

"I talk to coach Lappano quite a bit," Dowling said. "He said he likes what he sees on film, especially the last two games. He said they need playmakers in the secondary."

At this point Dowling has two official visits set up, one to Oregon on December 2nd and to Purdue on December 9th. He doesn't plan to make a decision right away, but because he graduates from school in December, he may have to squeeze some other visits into a short time-frame.

"I want to decide pretty quickly, but I'm in no hurry," Dowling said. "Washington will probably get a visit if they offer me. Right now I'm only interested in schools who are interested in me.

"I'm looking for a school where I can show what I've got. Washington is a nice school. It was a lot nicer than I thought it was. The coaching staff and the players were really nice so, yeah, I'm interested in them."

Dowling will have three years to play two and plans to major in Psychology or Business at the university he signs with.

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