High Point (NC) Central linebacker Rickey Dowdy received his first offer from NC State and decided to commit to the Pack back in May, due in large part to the early interest the Pack showed him.
Dowdy accounted for 74 tackles, 14 sacks and 14 tackles for loss as a junior and those results played a large part in the Wolfpack’s early offer.
Central defensive coordinator Ken Helms told Pack Pride earlier this year that Dowdy is a well-rounded athlete that will do well at NC State.
“He has great athleticism and leadership,” said Helms. “He leads by example; he’s not real vocal, but he does his job and takes care of business on the field and off the field. He’s a great student and a great kid and we’re real happy to see him have the opportunity to go to State.”
Timed at 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Dowdy has the speed to play linebacker at State and the size to get a shot at defensive end. He is a blur coming off the edge and showed the ability to dominate at times during his senior season.
Dowdy has visited State several times since making his commitment to the Wolfpack last spring. He was on hand for the Pack’s win over Wake Forest and then made the trip to watch State beat their in-state rival.
After those two trips, Dowdy says he is more solid than ever in his choice of schools.
"I was at the Wake Forest game and it was really good," Dowdy told Pack Pride in a recent interview. "I didn't really do too much up there. I was just with some of the other players. It was just an unofficial visit."
The 6-2, 220-pound linebacker had received heavy interest from North Carolina and others before announcing he would join the Pack several months ago. He also offered his thoughts on NC State's recent turnaround.
"I was actually at the UNC game," he said. "It was real good. It looks like they've got a little more swagger on the team right now. I think that has a lot to do with what they're doing.”
Dowdy said he plans on taking an official visit later in the year but is unsure of the date for that. He does not plan on visiting any other schools.
High Point lost in the first round of the state playoffs, ending Dowdy's high school career. He is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 65 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com.
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 Rickey 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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