Lakewood (OH) St. Edward RB, Andrew Dowell announced his presence at last weekend’s Nike Camp in Columbus with one of the day’s most impressive moments.
“I made some big plays,” recalled Dowell. “In the pass block one-on-one I was able to put a guy on his back. Buried him! (The crowd) was going crazy. It was a good camp.”
The display of outstanding physical strength and tenacity spoke volumes about the type of player Dowell is when he steps between the white lines. The problem is he didn’t get a chance to show that very much last year.
“I missed most of the high school season,” Dowell stated. “I was injured, but in my first playoff game on the first carry I took it like 50 yards up the middle. I gave them a little preview of what’s to come in this junior season. [I’m] a physical [running] back. I’ve got three points to my game. I can beat you straight up the field, truck you, and sometimes I’ll go over and maybe hit you with a little move or something like that.”
The junior-to-be and his twin brother David, a wide receiver, plan to take their show on the road throughout the summer. They’re Big Ten camp schedule already began in earnest last week.
“We were at Penn State for their camp and talked to some of the coaches,” Dowell reported. “We had already visited Northwestern. We’re going back up there for their camp. And then we’ve got Michigan State, Michigan and then [we’ll] be down here for Ohio State’s camp.”
The Wolverines have already let it be known that they’ll be keeping a watchful eye on the under-the radar-prospect, and he plans to return the favor by fiving them something to look at in a few weeks.
“Coach Mattison has talked to us a little bit,” he said. “We’ve gotten some mail form them. They’re looking forward to having us up to the camp. We’re going to try to impress them.”
The Dowell brothers hope to do the same on all their other stops also. During each stop they’ll each be assessing some key criteria.
“I want a school with a good tradition,” said Dowell. “I’ve got to really like the position coach. And I want a family atmosphere and stuff like that.”