All-State Selection Receiving FBS Looks

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One of the most productive defensive linemen in the state of Virginia’s 2012 class, Handley (Winchester, VA) star Derek Dowrey amassed an amazing 145 tackles and 10.5 sacks last season from the nose guard position. Most college coaches are evaluating the 6-3, 275-pound prospect as a defensive tackle, though Virginia Tech likes him as an interior offensive lineman (Derek started at right offensive guard in 2010). The talented lineman, a 2010 VHSCA Group AA first-team all-state selection on defense, is receiving FBS-level interest but awaits his first scholarship offer.

The interested parties, FBS-wise, include Boston College, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech. James Madison, Richmond and William & Mary are expressing heavy interest on the FCS level.

“Right now I don’t have any offers, so everyone is on a level playing field,” Dowrey answered when asked if he had any initial favorites. “I guess I’m just waiting to see if I I’ll be getting offers.”

Last summer was a busy one for Dowrey, who attended seven camps last summer. Virginia Tech was one of those camps, and at last check — this week, in fact — the Tech coaches would like to take another look at the in-state product this summer.

“I talked to Coach Newsome and I definitely want to get back, maybe for a spring practice,” said Dowrey, who also attended camps last year at JMU, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Richmond and William & Mary. “I talked to him [Wednesday] night about camp. He said hopefully I’ll be able to come to camp in July and workout. He just really wants to see me work again. The way he put it, he wants to have everyone like me as much as he does.

“There is still no offer, but [Virginia Tech] seems pretty interested.”

Dowrey accepted an invitation to Virginia Tech’s February 26 junior day, an experience he enjoyed. He has made a recruiting visit to Maryland as well this year, will go to Duke soon and he is hopeful of making spring games at Penn State and Virginia.

Of the Tech junior day, he said, “I went over and had fun. I saw the weight room, and other athletic and academic facilities. I even got to have a meeting with my position coach, Coach Newsome. There were three