NC State made a huge statement with the class of 2008 when they inked 13 players from the state of North Carolina. Head coach Tom O'Brien has stated repeatedly how important in-state recruiting is to his program and the Wolfpack has picked up right where they left off with last year's crop of talent. State recently extended a scholarship offer to another talented North Carolina product and he joins an ever-growing list of in-state players boasting a Pack offer.
LB/DE Ricky Dowdy from High Point (NC) Central High School recently received the word that State was offering a scholarship after evaluating his junior film. He didn't waste anytime accepting the Pack's offer for an unofficial visit this past weekend and came away impressed with his first look at the NC State football program.
"It was a good trip," said Dowdy. "It was my first trip up there. The coaches impressed me a lot. They're laid back but they don't take any mess from you and they have high expectations for you. The facilities, I loved that. I've got to go back in two weeks and they're going to show me around campus."
One of the highlights of the visit according to Dowdy was the opportunity to spend time with his recruiting coach, Wolfpack DB's coach Mike Reed.
"Me and coach Reed were together all day and he was a real cool dude," said Dowdy. "I can relate to him a lot. He was telling me to stay on top of my grades and that I couldn't have any bad grades. He said if I did that I'd have a good chance to play for State."
At 6-3, 215 pounds, Dowdy emerged this past season during his first year as a varsity starter. He finished off the year with 74 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and led the team in sacks with 13 en route to all-conference honors. Dowdy rotated between linebacker and defensive end and it appears those are the two spots NC State would like to give him a shot at should he decide to run with the Pack.
"They don't really know yet which position they want me to play," said Dowdy. "They said I could try out at defensive end or linebacker, they're just not sure yet."
While NC State has positioned itself well with it's early offer, Dowdy said he still has a few other schools that he's keeping an eye on.
"I have a lot of interest in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech," he said. "I'm hearing from State, Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee mainly.
"State's offered me a scholarship, and I think Carolina is about to. They are just looking over my transcripts... they just got them."