Mountlake Terrace (Lynnwood, Wash.) running back/linebacker Devante Downs literally gives a meaning to the term ‘tough as nails’ with the way he plays the game of football and college recruiters are taking serious notice.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect is a battering ram, of sorts, both on offense and defense and that tenacity has led to offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado State, Oregon State, Stanford, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State.
“Recruiting has started out pretty well and is beginning to pick up quite a bit,” said Downs. “The whole thing started off with just local schools giving me offers, but now I'm starting to receive offers and interest from across the nation.
“Right now I would say 70-percent of the schools recruiting me are recruiting me at running back. The other 30-percent are recruiting me at linebacker. I really don't care which side of the ball I play on at this point, but at the end of this season, I'll make up my mind up one way or the other.”
One thing he does know though is what he'll be looking for in a program at the next level.
“I'm looking for a place that will provide me with the best opportunity in both football and academics,” shared the Mountlake Terrace standout. “I'm hoping one day to play in the NFL, but if that doesn't happen I want to have a great education to fall back on.”
The Washington native believes he brings a lot of intangibles to either side of the field and is working hard to prove he wants to be one of the best in the class of 2014.
“I like to think I'm fast, strong and have a strong football mentality,” claimed Downs. “I'll do anything I can to help my team get the win."
One program that seems to fit all his criteria would be the Irish, but so far it's been all quiet on that front.
“I really haven't heard much from Notre Dame yet, but I'm definitely interested in them,” said the talented junior. “They're a top-of-the-line academic school and they’re amazing at football. It looks like they're getting back to being a powerhouse program and that's something I wouldn't mind being a part of.”
While he waits to see whether Notre Dame will reach out to him or not, Downs knows that the recruiting process must go on and over the next few months he'll be hitting the road to check out a few of these institutions that are showing major interest.
“Pretty soon I'm going to be taking some visits to some local schools here like Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Stanford, California and Oregon State,” he shared. “This summer I'm planning on getting out and seeing some of these other schools that aren't local, but I haven't decided exactly where yet.
“If Notre Dame decides they're interested in me, and want to recruit me, of course I will definitely visit them.”