Dowd Seeking Respect

One would think that the Arizona high schools' leading tackler in 2004 would be held in high regard. However, linebacker Cody Dowd from North (Phoenix) high school said that he and his team are still yearning for the reverence that should come with an incredible turnaround season.

"I watched North for my first time in my sophomore year," said the 6-3 231 Cody Dowd who finished with 163 tackles during the regular season. "I remember there was no one in the stands. I swear there was like only ten people. I was shocked because coming from Saguaro the stands were packed every game. In the begining of last year it was like that again. There were some fans that had confidence in us, but the rest didn't."

"As the season went on, we got more fans," Dowd continued. "But even when we did well, – students and teachers at the school would say that we're a fluke and we got lucky." North high school was probably the biggest surprise on the 5A scene, and capped a 9-2 season with a loss in the first round of the playoffs to eventual 5A champions Hamilton. "Just wait until next year," said Dowd. "We'll prove we weren't a fluke."

Naturally, the talented Dowd is being recruited by the hometown Sun Devils. The linebacker had a chance to attend ASU's Junior Day, and shared what took place during that event. "It was great. They treated us well, explained a lot of stuff to us – not just about football, but also about academics," he stated. "We had a great tour of the campus and the facilities. All the coaches told us what they did with the players, the players told us what it's like to be in the program, told us about the classes they take…we really got the inside information on everything."

Dowd was born and raised in the Valley of the Sun, and is obviously familiar with the Sun Devil program, even though his favorite team hails from Big 12 country. "I did grow up as a Nebraska fan, but I did like ASU more than U of A as far as in-state schools," he remarked. "I liked watching players like Jake Plummer and Todd Heap. Coach Nordquist from ASU is recruiting me, and he told me that ASU is really interested in me." Nebraska, Colorado, and Arizona are other schools showing interest, but he has yet to receive a scholarship offer from any of them.

One of the linebacker's goals for next year is to repeat his feat as the state's leading tackler. He asserts that he does have the skills that can help his accomplish this lofty feat. "I really have a good nose for the football," said Dowd. "Even though I don't see the blocker, I know he's coming my way and get out the way so I can make my tackle. I run a 4.69, which is good but I need to get better. Also my decision-making could get better. I tend to hesitate sometimes."

The North high school star listed some of the main factors that will help him in settling on a college of his choice. "I really don't care about playing as a freshman, but I do want to get a lot of playing time after that," Dowd explained. "I want to know the system and the position starting my first year, so I'm ready to contribute. Location – I don't want to be playing the middle of nowhere (smile). Coaching style – I want an aggressive coach who will help me develop." He mentioned that ASU is recruiting him as a linebacker, while other programs are recruiting him as a tight end and defensive end.

Dowd is taking the SAT this month and carries a 2.6 GPA. He plans to attend ASU's junior day camp in June.

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