Downs is Excited About Move

Earl Ross Downs recently transferred from Ouachita Christian to Bastrop High School.

Offensive lineman Earl Ross Downs recently transferred from Ouachita Christian to Bastrop High School and caught up with the junior to discuss that move, as well as his recruitment.


"I played at Ouachita Christian for three years and I had 60 pancakes there," said Downs (6-foot-2, 272 pounds).  "College recruiters told me that I looked great, but that they wanted to see me against better competition."


At Bastrop, Downs will receive the benefit of playing for head coach Brad Bradshaw, who has tutored numerous college prospects during his tenure at the school.


"I love the way he coaches," said Downs of his new mentor.  "We're looking good (at Bastrop).  Spring practice starts this week and most of the starters are back from last year.  We lost two offensive linemen, but I'm going to play offensive line - most likely at center, but I'll play wherever Coach Bradshaw wants."


Downs isn't allowed to discuss college offers, but there's no question that his name is one that is familiar to college recruiters.


"I'm open to everybody," Downs said.  "Coach Bradshaw doesn't let us discuss offers, but I'm hearing from a lot of schools.  I went to the first and second Junior Day at LSU.  I went to Junior Day at Georgia, Southern Miss, and Mississippi State and the one at Louisiana Tech last weekend.  I was invited to Junior Day at Ole Miss, Ohio, Georgia Tech, and Oklahoma State, but I wasn't able to make any of those.  Some of those conflicted with the dates of other Junior Days. 


"I had one-on-one visits with coaches at Louisiana-Lafayette and Central Florida.  I really like UCF.  One of the schools that have really come on strong is Northwestern out of Chicago.  I've been talking to them a lot, and I've been checking out their school online.  I'm also hearing from all of the Ivy League schools." 

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