Terrace’s Downs commits to Cal

A severe knee injury prematurely ended Mountlake Terrace running back Devante Downs’ senior season.

However, Downs took a step Thursday toward ensuring his football career is far from over.

The four-star recruit committed to play at the University of California-Berkeley, announcing his decision on Twitter.

“Just committed to play and get my education at Cal, blessed for the opportunity and can’t wait to be there,” Downs wrote.

Mountlake Terrace High School football coach Tony Umayam said Cal is a great choice for Downs, who was impressed with the school early on.

“I think it’s going to be a great fit for him,” Umayam said. “The first visit — when they came by the school and met with him — I thought it went real well. They have a new coaching staff and you could tell how personable they were and how much they really cared for their student-athletes.”

Downs, who could not be reached for comment, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during a summer camp at Oregon State in June and is out for the season.

Umayam said the injury didn’t scare off too many recruiters.

“Most of the schools actually contacted him when the word got out (of the injury) and confirmed that they still wanted him and their offer was still valid,” Umayam said. “I don’t think all of the schools did. Most did.”

Among the schools that confirmed their offers were Oregon State, Washington State, Arizona and Vanderbilt, Umayam said.

In the end it was Cal that won the Downs sweepstakes. Downs visited Cal and Stanford last spring and came away impressed with the facilities in Berkeley, Umayam said.

“Devante has done a nice job keeping things real close to the vest,” Umayam said. “(Wednesday) at the school I kind of got the impression when we spoke briefly about the recruiting picture he was going to make a decision sooner rather than later. I didn’t know it would be that soon. I didn’t know it would be (Thursday).”

Downs plans to graduate early and be on Cal’s campus this spring, Umayam said.

Downs is listed as the No. 2 prospect in the state by the recruiting website rivals.com. He was being recruited as both a running back and a linebacker. Umayam said he thinks Cal coach Sonny Dykes will have Downs lining up on the offensive side of the ball.

“I believe it’s running back,” Umayam said. “That’s what (Downs) told me. I asked him the same thing and I think in the early stages of the recruitment they really liked him on both sides of the ball. We’ll see what happens when he gets on campus. You never know with somebody who’s a great football player on both sides of the ball. He’s going in with the mindset that he’ll be on the offensive side.”

Downs rushed for 1,266 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior last season.

He was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January but will likely have to miss the event because of his injury. Umayam said that while Downs’ ACL tear is serious, he expects his running back to make a full recovery and continue his success at the next level.

“His sights are on getting fully recovered,” Umayam said. “It’s a pretty common injury at all different levels. It seems like, now, that athletes are just bouncing back sooner than ever. I’m sure he’ll work his butt off to bounce back as soon as possible.”

More in Sports

Everett’s Garrett Pilon controls the puck in the first period Sunday afternoon at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on February 18, 2018. The Silvertips won 4-0. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)
Silvertips complete a season sweep of the Kamloops Blazers

Martin Fasko-Rudas joins the Silvertips’ top line and helps spark Everett to a 4-0 victory

Dillon puts the No. 3 car back to Victory Lane at Daytona

Dillon earns the victory for his grandfather’s team, Richard Childress Racing

Team LeBron edges Team Stephen in NBA All-Star Game

LeBron James earns MVP honors as his team scores a 148-145 victory

Pairings announced for regional basketball playoffs

Lynnwood and Stanwood girls face each other Saturday at Jackson High School

Jackson swimmer wins 2 more titles, Glacier Peak claims a pair

Snohomish County schools were well represented on the podium at the state swimming championships.

BLOG: Onyebuchi, Centazzo return with Blazers in 4-0 Everett victory

Two former Everett Silvertip fan favorites returned to Angel of the Winds… Continue reading

Girls reign: Glacier Peak, Snohomish wrestlers win titles

Glacier Peak’s Kiley Hubby, Snohomish’s Joessie Gonzales work out together, created a ‘special bond.’

Lake Stevens’ Malachi Lawrence celebrates his 182 weight championship in the 30th Annual Mat Classic Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma on February 17, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)
Stanwood, Lake Stevens wrestlers crowned again at Mat Classic

Mason Phillips wins his third state title in a row while Malachi Lawrence goes back-to-back.

BLOG: Ormsby gets assist, Luding last laugh against former teams

Both the Everett Silvertips and Seattle Thunderbirds gained three out of a… Continue reading

Most Read