< ?php include(getenv("DOCUMENT_ROOT") . "/sabreincludes/realMedia/box.html"); ?>Last weekend, Virginia picked up a verbal commitment from 6-2, 185-pound Deep Creek (Chesapeake, VA) standout Ras-I Dowling. TheSabre.com caught up with the outstanding athlete to talk about his decision, what position he expects to play at Virginia and more.
Dowling had visited Virginia before on an unofficial capacity, but made his official visit last weekend. He admitted he was thinking about a possible verbal to UVa beforehand and the experience solidified his decision.
“I liked the environment up there,” Dowling said. “They have real good people. And, I can get a good education while I’m there. I just liked visiting the campus and hanging out with the guys.”
Dowling’s host was former Deep Creek star and current UVa sophomore safety Jamaal Jackson . Like his former teammate, Dowling projects as a defensive back at Virginia. Unlike his former teammate, he may be able to play either defensive back position.
“Coach Groh just said defensive back,” Dowling replied when asked which position Coach Groh liked him to play. He played wide receiver and defensive back in high school. “I think I could play either safety or corner. I played both in high school.”
Dowling, who also had an offer from Virginia Tech, is excited about his choice and seems very solid as well.
“I’m done and I plan to sign with Virginia,” Dowling said. “I’m just going to work out hard before I get there.”
Dowling’s primary recruiter is Bob Price, who has landed three other commitments so far in the 2006 recruiting class.
Dowling is an outstanding athlete. He plays basketball in addition to playing football, possesses a 40-inch vertical leap and says he ran a sub 4.5 40 at the Virginia Tech senior camp.
Dowling has had a bit of of the injury bug the past two seasons. He missed a few games this year due to a knee injury and misses a handful of games last year due to a broken hand. Still, his athleticism is obvious and he is another player who should be able to bring versatility to the defensive backfield. Also, Dowling’s commitment should help if Cedric Jeffries...
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