Dowdy: 'I Want to Help Them Win'

High Point (NC) Central star Ricky Dowdy knew he was going to verbal to NC State while he was in Releigh for the Wolfpack's Junior Day.

High Point (NC) Central star Ricky Dowdy knew he was going to verbal to NC State while he was in Releigh for the Wolfpack's Junior Day. In fact, he began to inform the media of his intentions at Tom Lemming's Photo Shoot, held at Cardinal Gibbons High School.

"It's about to be done," Dowdy stated. "I'm going to commit whenever I'm about to leave from State's Junior Day."

Shortly after his visit, he confirmed his decision.

"I just sealed the deal with the coaches," said Dowdy. "I knew coming up today that I was going to commit to NC State. We went through all of the Junior Day stuff and then at the end the coaches took me into coach O'Brien's office. He asked me if there was something I wanted to tell him and I said, 'Yes sir. I'm coming.' They all were real happy about it.

"Coach O'Brien seemed excited, and I got to talk with all of the coaches before I left. Me and my family just enjoyed it and I know that's the best fit for me."

What did he like about the Wolfpack's Junior Day?

"I liked all of it," said Dowdy. "It was good. They took us around the campus, and I liked that... I liked how big it was, and I like the football center.

"I talked with some of the other players that were there. It gave me a chance to see some of the other talent in North Carolina."

As a junior, Dowdy registered an impressive 74 tackles, 13 sacks, and 13 tackles for loss en route to all-conference honors. Pack Pride recently spoke to High Point Central head coach Wayne Jones about his standout defender.

"He's a playmaker for us," said Jones. "He was our leader in sacks this year with 13 sacks and third leading tackler. He's one of those guys that he makes things happen for us on Friday night. If he's playing well then we're usually playing well on defense.

"He plays defensive end for us and he's played some outside linebacker so he's one of those versatile kids that runs really well. Because of that, you can move him around. He could play any outside linebacker spot but the coaches at State like him down at defensive end. They like his speed off the ball and, because of that, they offered him a scholarship."

Dowdy stated that he'd only been able to send film to NC State, North Carolina, and Clemson. According to Dowdy, North Carolina planned on offering after seeing his transcripts and getting him on campus for an unofficial visit. His head coach stated that NC State jumped right in with an offer.

"State evaluated the film that I sent them," said coach Jones. "I sent his highlights and then they called and wanted to know if anybody had offered because they wanted to be the first school to offer him. I told them that at that particular time no one had gotten back with me besides the people at Carolina so they made an offer at that point right then."

After offering, NC State brought Dowdy in two weeks ago for an unofficial visit, apparently looking to seal the deal. They were able to do that on Saturday, landing their second commitment in the 2009 class as Dowdy joins Ashburn (VA) Stone Bridge defensive lineman Brian Slay. What attracted Dowdy to NC State?

"It's just a good fit," he said. "I like the school and the campus, and I like State's coaches. They are real laid back, and I think they are cool. They have high expectations for you and for their team. I want to help them win some games when I get there."

High Point Central has produced solid talent over the years. A few years back two players headed to Texas Tech and perhaps the best player to come out of the school the last few years was Brandon Greeson, a big defensive tackle who inked with Nebraska before completing his college career at North Carolina A&T.

Like Greeson, Dowdy plays on the defensive side of the ball. His versatility allows him to play outside linebacker and defensive end for the Bison, and he could play either on the next level.

"The coaches haven't really said where they want to play me," Dowdy stated. "I know they just want me to attack, and they want me standing up."

Recruiting Dowdy for NC State is defensive backs coach Mike Reed. Dowdy stated that his decision is firm.

Stay tuned tomorrow for exclusive highlights of Ricky Dowdy in action!

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