Dowdell entered the transfer portal on December 14.
The running back played a little bit for Oregon last season. He had 17 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown. As a recruit, he was rated 194th player overall in the 2023 class, and the ninth overall running back per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
What could this mean for Nebraska football?
This could be a big visit for Nebraska football on several levels. For one, a commitment from Dowdell would give them running back depth they desperately need. The Husker do have several players returning at the position next year. Gabe Ervin and Rahmir Johnson are the headlining players there. However, both of those names mentioned have struggled to stay healthy over the years.
Running the football was a major part of what the program did last year. They ranked second in the Big Ten with 2,128 rushing yards.
Adding Dowdell would just give the program another playmaker in the backfield. On top of this, Nebraska probably won’t be relying on the run game as heavily. We will probably see a shift to a more pass-friendly offense. This will allow for the running backs to be fresher and more explosive. We saw it at times last year, but Nebraska football just did not have the personnel to execute it.
It will be interesting to see what comes of this visit. An official visit often leads to a commitment. This coaching staff has a knack for closing the deal with players after they visit the campus. The running back would certainly be a nice addition to what is already a talented 2024 recruiting class.
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