Against a stout, but young, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern squad, Kemar Downer squeezed out everything he could to support and guide his teammates at Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central to a preseason victory last Friday.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound do-it-all athlete made a significant impact at a number of different positions in the 18-12 loss to the Bulls, including running back, wide receiver, safety, cornerback, and even under center at quarterback.
"As a team, I think we did pretty good," Downer said. "We had a couple of mental mistakes that we can fix this week. Against Miami (Fla.) Northwestern, we played a really good team who's really tough and fast. They were also really young, but were some very talented kids.
"Overall for myself, I think I did pretty well, but I wish I could of helped out my team even more. I had the only two touchdowns and I had around eight tackles and five deflections. Every game, I look to get better. We have Royal Palm Beach (Fla.) this week and we're ready for them."
Earlier this summer, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic and South Florida were the trio of schools duking it out with aspirations to add Downer to their 2015 recruiting class. The Florida Atlantic Owls, who are closing in on 20 verbal commitments for their class, refuse to be intimidated by the bigger brands of football across the country and have garnered Downer's full attention.
"The schools I'm mostly speaking to is FAU and that's it," Downer said. "South Florida sends me a lot of letters and actually sent me my official offer letter the other day. I'm really blessed for that because a lot of kids don't have the opportunity to receive that.
"I also got (offer letters) from FAU and Cincinnati. It's really been FAU because they've really been on me and wanting me to come to games. UCF and Nebraska actually came into the picture and are starting to talk to me. Recruiting is going good and I just have to keep doing well in the classroom because grades are first."
The senior hopes to make his rounds around the country to get a taste of the game day atmospheres in the fall, and has some possible visit destinations in mind.
"I'm going to try and make one of the UCF games, a USF game, a Miami game, and I'm going to try to fly up to Nebraska and make a game for them," Downer said. "So far, that's pretty much it. During the season, I don't know if anything will change."
Downer says he has no timetable for his college decision with no leaders in his recruitment.
South Florida, Cincinnati and Florida Atlantic are all in the picture for three-star Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central athlete, Kemar Downer.
South Florida, Cincinnati and FIU are all in the picture for three-star athlete, Kemar Downer.