Darren Dowdell, who has missed half of his senior season with a leg injury, committed to Kentucky on Sunday.
The 6-foot-4, 232-pound tight end from Grady High School picked Kentucky over Louisville and N.C. State among his football scholarship offers, which also Wake Forest, Maryland and Indiana.
“They’ve been my leader for a while,” Dowdell told the AJC. “When I went up there again this weekend with my dad, I got a chance to interact with the coaches and players. I felt like I was at home.”
Dowdell plays both sides of the ball at Grady, but is being recruited by Kentucky as a hybrid tight end.
“I think Kentucky is getting a super player, a guy that can make plays,” Grady coach Ronnie Millen said. “At tight end, he’s a guy that can catch, and he can block. They will be able to use him in a lot of different ways in that offense.”
Dowell, who has a 3.4 GPA and plans to major in Sports Medicine or Mathematics, has only played in two games at Grady this year after suffering a hairline fracture in his lower leg. It is not known when he will return.
“The kid could actually play, but we’re just taking precautions,” Millen said. “There’s a possibility he could be break his leg. But he can run and do just about everything. I just don’t think it’s worth the risk right now. We want to wait to see how it’s going to heal up and then let the doctors take another look at it before we decide anything.”
Dowdell said he expects to get the leg examined again at the end this week and review the findings with his father.
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