Junior athlete Brian Dowling has helped Wayne Hills, N.J. reach the state championship game, and after the season is over he will turn much of his focus to recruiting.
On the year the 5-11, 180-pound versatile skill position player has rushed for more than 1,000 yards with 17 touchdowns, and he has caught 27 passes for nearly 500 yards and another seven scores.
Dowling told Pack Pride that he probably projects as a slot receiver with the ability to see some time in the offensive backfield in college, but it will be quite a while before he has to start worrying about that. His focus now is on winning a state championship and getting through his senior year.
He took an unofficial visit to NC State for the Pack's game against Clemson recently, and apparently he had a good time.
"I loved it down there," he said. "I talked to one of the coaches, but I don't remember which one. The atmosphere and the environment were great. I had a really good time.
"I like some of the bigger schools that are showing interest in me, like Miami and Penn State, but right now I'd probably say NC State is my favorite school."
As he said, the Hurricanes and Nittany Lions have been showing a good deal of interest so far. He has also been hearing from Duke and some other schools along the eastern seaboard.
Though no schools have offered, Dowling is confident that it's only a matter of time, and he's confident that his stock will rise once more schools have an opportunity to check him out.