RB/DB Clayton Dowd
came out of no where to have a spectacular year for North HS. He was named
1st Team All
24-7: You were a major factor in North's turn around. 1st why did you transfer and are you happy with the decision?
Clayton: I transferred to North because of the academic move. I realized at the end of last year that I wasn't doing too hot in the classroom, too many distractions. So I decided to move to a school which has the IB program. I took an IB pre-calculus class last semester and have brought my GPA up. I now have a 3.0. Then I thought about football. I really didn't think I had a chance to go on to the next level until about Region play this year. So overall I am very happy that I transferred to North, both academically, and athletically.
24-7: What were your stats on the year?
Clayton: 841 yards rushing, 18 rushing TDs , 16 catches for 335 yards and 2 TDs on offense. On defense, 60 tackles and 5 INTs.
24-7: Can we expect to see North in the playoffs year in and year out?
Clayton: Yes, I believe that North is on its way to becoming a major playoff contender, year in and year out. Coach Goldstein and his staff are great and the kids believe in what he says, they will win!
24-7: Although the season ended on a bad note, what did it feel like after the season when you reflected and realized what you guys had accomplished?
Clayton: It was absolutely
amazing, grant it, for a week and the
24-7: What schools are you currently getting recruited by? Any trips or offers?
Clayton: I am setting up a
24-7: What school would you commit to, right now, if they offered you?
Clayton: I would commit to NAU right now over any school in the country.
24-7: What advice would you give to a junior about to go through the recruiting process?
Clayton: I have given advice to my little brother Cody, don't hold anything back, you need to start early and promote yourself academically, athletically, and especially your character. You need to be a respectful football player, not just a "jock"
24-7: What is your best bench, 40, clean and squat?
Clayton: Bench: 255 Squat: 385 Clean: 235 40: 4.62 on grass
24-7: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Clayton: The best advice I have received is a quote Coach Goldstein always makes, "live everyday like its your last, cause one day it will be." This has a lot of meaning, but mainly to me it means hold nothing back, work harder than you ever have, through the pain and the agony because when your done with football, you will wish you could just run one more sprint, do one more play, anything to get that feeling back
24-7: What were the high and low points of the season?
24-7: What would you change from this year?
Clayton: I honestly wouldn't
change anything, I know a lot of kids would say beat
24-7: Who is the best player you have ever played against?
Clayton: The best player I have ever played against was Travis Dixon (QB Hamilton). That kid is absolutely amazing, he hit me like a linebacker and ran like a running back. He is so good!
24-7: What can you bring to a college football?
Clayton: I can bring a lot to a college team, such as my willingness to play where needed, to listen and learn, and my knowledge of the game. Our DBs coach, Coach Lee Brush, taught me how to read plays out of the huddle and what signs to look for to help me understand pre snap what they might run. We broke down every formation they had run the past 2 years, and every play they had run out of them. Then we did the numbers and saw what was likely to come our way!
24-7football.com would like to thank Clayton for his time and encourage any coach interested in him to call Coach Goldstein at North.