Picayune Running Back Dante Dowdell signs with Oregon Ducks, Zavion Coleman with Louisiana

Back in May, Picayune running back Dante Dowdell put on quite the show at his commitment ceremony, trying on three different sets of gloves before finally landing on Oregon.

Between then and now, Dowdell is the proud owner of another 5A State Championship, but that’s the only thing that’s changed as he stays true to the Ducks seven months later.

This afternoon, Dowdell signed his National Letter of Intent with Oregon despite a last second push from Ole Miss, who certainly gave the four-star recruit something to think about over the last 48 hours.

In the end, Dowdell made good on his verbal pledge as one of the most decorated high school football players to ever come out of the Magnolia State.

Not only is he a two-time state champion, he’s a two-time state title game MVP, Mr. Football for Class 5A, U.S Army Bowl All-American, Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game Selection and, of course, a former News 25 Student Athlete of the Week.

Over the course of his four-year varsity career, Dowdell rushed for more than 5,300 yards and 65 touchdowns, 59 of those coming over the last two years, as he goes out with 26 straight wins.

Dowdell said, “It feels good. I’ve been here for four years. I’ve been here for the first championship loss, the first-round playoff loss and the back-to-back state championships, so it feels good to end it on a good note. All the hard work pays off and it finally you get something to show for it. Ole Miss was on me really hard. They probably called me about 20 times yesterday and today, but I knew I was signed to Oregon, so that’s the end of it. I’m not really worried about the weather. You might end up getting drafted by the Buffalo Bills. You’re going to go. You ain’t going to turn ’em down, so I’m just ready to adapt to that, learn new things, and meet new people. We made history here, so it was a great team and hopefully they can go win it again next year and we can establish a dynasty here.”

Dowdell says he has no plans to redshirt and will report to Eugene on January 6th.

Another Division I signee, defensive lineman Zavion Coleman is heading to the University of Louisiana. He was a big part of that Maroon Tide defense that gave up less than 12 points per game en route to the program’s first-ever perfect season. Coleman also represented Mississippi in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic.

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