|High School:||Chiawana HS '12|
HS: Graduated from Chiawana HS in 2012. En route to being named his team’s MVP in the game, Downing recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass, as the East narrowly lost 28-21 in the annual 4A/3A East-West All-State Game. He also rushed seven times for 23 yards in the game, which took place July 1, 2012, in Everett, Wash., and also featured his Chiawana teammate Miquiyah Zamora. Downing earned first team 4A All-State honors as a linebacker from Associated Press as selected by sportswriters and broadcasters. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Also selected among “others to watch” on Ron Siegel’s pre-season All-State team (seniors only). He was the Columbia Basin Big Nine League MVP in 2011 as senior, and was a unanimous first team selection as both a linebacker and running back on the All-CBBN team. He was named to the Tri-City Herald All-Area team as a first team selection as both a linebacker and running back. Despite missing half the season with a leg injury suffered Oct. 8 against Moses Lake, he finished third in the league in rushing with 954 yards. He was also fourth in the league in scoring with 13 touchdowns and 78 total points. He helped lead Chiawana to an 8-0 regular season record and the CBBN 4A title, but the Riverhawks lost 24-0 to Central Valley in a play-in game for the State 4A Playoffs to finish 8-1. He was also All-State, the CBBN MVP and a first team All-CBBN selection as a junior in 2010. He rushed for 1,970 yards (seven yards per carry) and scored 30 touchdowns, and on defense he had 100 tackles, five sacks, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions and five passes broken up. Chiawana finished 13-1 in 2010 and won the league title with a 6-0 record. Their undefeated season came to an end with a 13-7 loss to Ferris in the quarterfinals of the State 4A Playoffs. His football coach at Chiawana was former Eagle Steve Graff (1981-82), who previously coached at Pasco. His Eagle teammate Miquiyah Zamora (’12) also attended Chiawana. Zamora and Downing also played for Chiawana’s basketball team.
Personal: His uncle, Terry O’Leary, was a center for Eastern in the 1983 and 1984 seasons.