De'Shawn Dowdy is not wasting any time with his college choice. He took his official visit to Maryland at the end of October. It was pretty much a no-brainer after that visit. Maryland was where he wanted to go.
"On my visit when I went there, the people I met—everyone was just genuine," Dowdy said. "Everything was real. I loved the opportunity that Maryland provides—not just for football, but for me as a person getting a degree for a job some day."
He's wasting even less time making his next visit to College Park. The next time he comes to campus, he'll be moving in to his dorm. Dowdy will graduate high school early, and be enrolled in Maryland in January.
He does admit though, when he first picked up the Maryland offer, he wasn't too sure what to think. He didn't know a whole lot about the program.
"When I first got there, I wasn't very sure," Dowdy said. "But, Coach Edsall flew down here and handed me my scholarship offer personally. So, since then, things have gotten better. Also, my position coach, Coach Gattuso was my main recruiter. That's very unlikely, having your position coach as the same guy recruiting your area. It's been great, though, and he's definitely someone I'd love to play for."
Dowdy was an all-everything back for Akron (OH) North High School. He played quarterback, running back and receiver on offense. He feels defense is where he wants to play, and that's where coaches are putting him. He finished his senior season with 65 tackles, including 32 tackles for loss. He also had 16 sacks, five forced fumbles and three passes broken up. He talked a little bit about how he is in position to make so many plays in the backfield.
"I think it's a combination of speed and just being in sync," Dowdy said. "Once I see the ball move, I have that instinct to just go. That's the urgency with which we practice with."
Outside of hitting it off well with the coaching staff, and enjoying the Maryland experience, Dowdy says there's a lot of other positives as to why he made the Terps his college choice on Thanksgiving Day.
"The facilities were nice, and they're actually getting better with the new turf field going in," Dowdy said. "The players, they were loose even thought the season hasn't been going. The talk I had with them, you can tell they believe in Coach Edsall. If they didn't believe in the coach as much as they did, then I wouldn't be going there. It just felt like the right fit."