Darren Dowdell: Kentucky edges Louisville and NC State for TE-DE

Darren Dowdell, who has missed half of his senior season with a leg injury, committed to Kentucky on Sunday.

Kentucky-bound TE Darren Dowdell of Grady HS (AJC)

Kentucky-bound TE Darren Dowdell of Grady HS (AJC)

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.





– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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16 comments Add your comment

Holy Guacamole

September 30th, 2012
11:46 pm

Best of luck to the kid where ever he goes.

Holy Guacamole

September 30th, 2012
11:46 pm

No, I am not going to say it.


October 1st, 2012
12:10 am

good luck young man, get your degree while its free….

Bernie Matt

October 1st, 2012
1:01 am

Another Rattler doinbg big things!


October 1st, 2012
8:06 am

These are the types of players Tech should not lose to out of state schools!


October 1st, 2012
9:52 am

Congrats to this young man! Staying in the SEC!

Tech, what’s going on here? Y’all make fun of the Dawgs all the time cause we can’t keep all the top talent in state. Ya’ll can’t even beat out UK for a Georgia boy? That’s pretty embarrassing.

Dawg 1

October 1st, 2012
10:20 am

OK, you got me to read it – but SEC Rival? Kentucky?

Ah no…

Wish the kid well up there, but he may have a new head coach – something to consider.

Rick James

October 1st, 2012
10:35 am

Louisville may have a new head coach too if Arkansas throws enough money at him..Maybe he’s looking foward to playing in Bobby Petrino’s offense at Kentucky..You could walk from Bobby Dodd stadium to Grady High School and Tech cant close this guy..


October 1st, 2012
10:41 am


October 1st, 2012
9:47 am

I was there on Saturday and sat very close to the action or lack there of with the defense. Tech scored plenty enough points to win but when your defense lays down and lets another team, I don’t care who it is, smash mouth you like MTSU did its impossible to win a football game. The best offense is a good defense. Blame who you want but I put this loss totally on the defense.

CPJ is 0-for-2 in hiring DCs, plus he RECRUITED the crappy Defensive players that everyone is complaining about, that means that he is responsible for everything bad associated with the GT FB Program.

Ergo, you fire CPJ, but we cannot afford to, so CPJ will get the chance to ruin at least 2.5 more Recruiting Classes.

The hiring of CPJ has (or will) set GT FB back at least 10-12 years to try an recover from his crappy Recruiting.

Our Admin will never let a new HC “run players off or over-sign” to quickly repair the damage that CPJ has done, so the REBUILDING post-CPJ will be slow & painful.

No matter how GOOD the new HC is, we are likely to be Dook for a 3-5 yr. stretch, imagine that, many of the CPJ Boot-licking-toadies were laughing at Maryland and the troubles that they were having transitioning to Edsel without realizing the TRUE state of our FB program, how much real damage that CPJ has done to GT FB.

And to top it all off, WnE knew exactly what was going to happen all the way back in Dec. 2007 when CPJ was hired.

Thanks again CPJ!

The offense that “keeps on giving”………………bad news that is!


October 1st, 2012
11:08 am

Yep, I hope he likes playing for Bobby Petrino as Joker Phillips will be good to get through the entire season. Its obvious from KY’s hiring of their basketball coach, integrity won’t stand in the way.

Rick James

October 1st, 2012
12:36 pm


I wonder,if Charlie Strong goes to Arkansas does Lousiville go after Petrino again? I guess if he’s worked for you once you never want him back..I’m thinking Kentucky


October 1st, 2012
1:04 pm

Great informative article, MC. So Tech was recruiting him as a tight end? Exactly.

I can only guess WR…or the infamous tweener-DE that WnE raves about…


October 1st, 2012
1:08 pm

Hey rpollardrealtor — What exactly are you trying to contract with ya’ll?


I must admit I have come around on your suggestion that Synjyn should be playing safety instead of A-back. Not only are we uber-thin at safety due to injuries…Isaiah Johnson looks lost out there half the time in this is 3rd year starting.

Jeez…what is this world coming to when I agree with WnE and his “heavy analysis/light trolling”. I just wish you would drop the facade of being a Tech fan/alumnus…and admit your true colors.


October 1st, 2012
1:09 pm

*his third year

MS. Bully

October 1st, 2012
1:31 pm

I hope he can play basketball.

destin dawg

October 1st, 2012
4:07 pm

Joker Phillips and Paul Johnson will be gone next year… better get a good education… Indiana or Louisville would be better chioces..