Name: Ricky Dowdy
Hometown: High Point, North Carolina
High School: Central High School
Position: Defensive End/Linebacker
Notes: 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 said 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 did just that this past weekend, 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."
Scouting Report: "There could be an interesting tug of war between defensive line coach Keith Willis and linebackers coach Andy McCollum to decide exactly where Ricky Dowdy will play once he arrives at NC State for the 2009 season.
"Physically, Dowdy has the potential to add considerable size to his 6-3, 220 pound frame which means he could ultimately project at defensive end down the road. However, on film, Dowdy is a player that plays extremely well out in space. With his long strides, he doesn't appear to be moving that fast until you notice that no one seems to be able to get away from him.
"Another impressive aspect is his discipline. He doesn't get himself out of position and because of that, puts himself in a position to make plays consistently. Dowdy has the explosiveness to play defensive end but is also rangy enough to get a look at LB as well.
"He could certainly end up being one of the steals in the class of ‘09." - Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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