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Dowling firm on pledge

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Sean Dowling just got offered by Michigan State but the Fallbrook, Calif., offensive tackle is sticking with his UCLA pledge and it could be tough to budge him.
"(Michigan State) needed tackles so they saw me on the Internet," Dowling said. "I don't really know too much about them. My dad is coming home (from overseas) in early September so I'm going to talk to him about which schools I'm going to end up visiting.
"I'm still very solid on my commitment. UCLA is the place for me. I know I committed early but every time I go back up there and every time I talk to the coaches on the phone it just continues to feel like the right place."
Dowling, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound three-star prospect, committed to the Bruins in April and has not looked back.
The Fallbrook prospect has raved about the UCLA coaching staff and the program's new direction under first-year coach Jim Mora. It might be too much for any school to make him switch but many continue to try.
So far, Dowling has also received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Duke, Navy, Nevada, Oklahoma, San Diego State and Washington State. Others continue to show interest.
He's strongly considering official visits this fall but is not sure of his schedule yet. Once his father comes home from another trip abroad, those plans could be solidified.
"I'm not sure about visits," Dowling said. "I've been encouraged to take all five by my coaching staff and my family but I don't know how much time I'm going to have.
"I'm going to be taking quite a few AP classes this year and I'm trying to graduate early so I'm enrolled in classes this summer. I don't know how much time I'll have for visits really."
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