2011 WR/RB Getting Early Duke Interest

As a sophomore at Wayne Hills High School, Brian Dowling set an all-time school record for rushing yards at his age, however his athleticism will most likely throw him into the slot as a receiver and make him wanted as a return specialist.

Wayne, N.J., native Brian Dowling could end up at running back or wide receiver in college and the 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete talked to Scout.com recently about his recruiting.

"Recruiting is really starting to get interesting," Dowling said. "I have received letters from North Carolina State, Duke, Temple, Syracuse and Penn State. North Carolina State and Syracuse have been inviting me up for games which I haven't gotten the chance to take advantage of yet, but I will definitely be going to NC State and Syracuse this season."

"From talking to Chris Fonti he told me he visited NC State and said it was beautiful," Dowling explained. "I've always liked North Carolina because of the area, so right now I'm very interested in learning more about the Wolfpack."

"I've had friends that go to Syracuse too and have heard good things as well, so I'll be checking them out too. Right now it's about finding the best place for me where I feel comfortable and also finding a quality education because that's a big deal in my household."

Dowling is a versatile player that can run and catch the ball and play defense. He talked about where he sees himself in college.

"I think I could play slot receiver in a spread offense, I think I could carry the ball taking end arounds and things like that and just think my speed is what is going to benefit me most at the next level. I also think I bring value to the table as a punt and kick returner too. I think I'll get recruited as a receiver more then in the backfield, but to be honest I don't care. Just toss me on the field anywhere and I'll work my butt off."

Dowling has had an impressive season on both sides of the ball so far as a junior. He has 102 carries for 789 yards and 12 touchdowns and 18 catches for 362 yards and four touchdowns. On defense, he's made 20 tackles, intercepted three passes, forced a fumble and recovered on

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