If you follow high school football in the western part of North Carolina then you're probably familiar with Asheville (AC Reynolds) do-everything athlete Rico Dowdle. At 5-11, 203 pounds he can play running back, slot receiver and this past year- quarterback. He led Reynolds to an impressive 11-2 record and along the way, amassed 2,382 yards rushing and 48 touchdowns. Dowdle also completed 90 of 140 passes for 1,211 yards and an additional 10 touchdowns.
That kind of production caught the eye of several schools but NC State in particular. They offered a few weeks back and hosted Dowdle on an official visit this past weekend. He talked with Pack Pride about the trip.
"It went great. The have some nice facilties, some nice guys and some very good coaches and good people to be around. It was somewhere that I could see myself going. I was hosted by Reggie Gallaspy and he was telling me how college life is and how the change is coming there and I could make an impact on the team. He was also letting me know how good the coaches were and that it's a place he likes being at."
Dowdle was particularly impressed with the coaching staff.
"I think coach Doeren is a pretty straight forward coach and he explained very well how they wanted to use me. He seems like a coach I could see myself being under for the next four or five years. I think coach Kitchings is a great guy and good at coaching the running backs."
With a trip to State under his belt, Dowdle is primarily looking at three schools.
"I've kind of canceled out all the schools (that had offered) and I'm just looking at NC State, Wake Forest and Boston College. All of them have offered. Right now I would say NC State, Wake Forest and Tennessee are recruiting me the hardest."
So where does Dowdle go from here and when could a decision come?
"The coaches from NC State are coming either Monday or Tuesday. The coaches from Tennessee are coming on Friday. I go to Appalachian State for my official visit next weekend. I'm hoping to make a decision in the next two weeks."null