"On the Hoof: Dowling is a tall athlete with a lanky body and a thin waist. He has very long arms and legs, and he has a frame that will probably never allow him to be much more than 200 pounds. He is built a little bit like Class of 2010 receiver Justin Hunter.
Needs Improvement: He will need to add some muscle mass, which should help in run support. Dowling also needs to work on his tackling technique, because arm tackles will not work at the next level.
Most Impressive: Covers a ton of acreage in the secondary, and has the ability to out jump almost any receiver for the ball using his long arms and superior vertical leap.
Conclusion: His beautiful, long stride should more than likely see its first action on coverage teams, because he can get down field in a hurry. Most likely will not see a lot of playing time in the secondary as a freshman unless there are injuries. But it won't be long before this difference-maker is roaming the field using his talents to make game-changing plays.
" — 8/17/2009
Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He worked in the recruiting offices for Mark Richt at th...[Complete Bio]