Handley (Winchester, VA) OL/DL Derek Dowrey scored an offer from East Carolina in April, and he has since added Ohio. The 6-3, 270-pound junior is looking to add to his offer count this spring and summer, though he is excited to have those two offers in the fold.
“I’m just trying to keep perspective because I don’t want to jump into any decisions,” Dowrey said. “I want to keep a level head. I’m going to think about it and move forward instead of going through the motions.”
The Group AA, first-team all-state defensive tackle discussed East Carolina and Ohio. He has visited ECU but remains open to other schools.
“Everything I saw at ECU was pretty good,” said Dowrey, who attended ECU’s Spring Game. He received an offer the following Monday. “I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with the coaches. I kind of went in and went out. I have a lot to learn about ECU, and Ohio also. I have a lot of research to do.”
Marshall, Penn State and UVa have been represented at Handley this month. Dowrey plans on attending camp at Penn State and Virginia, and he also will attend one-day camps at Duke, Maryland and Virginia Tech. He won’t be able to make Tech’s June camp, so he’ll return to Blacksburg in July. He camped at Tech, Penn State, Pitt, UNC and others last year.
Dowrey has visited Virginia Tech twice this spring, with the most recent experience being the Spring Game. There, he spoke with offensive line coach Curt Newsome.
“Coach Newsome pretty much told me the staff is going to get together again and look at film of all the recruits from Virginia. At that point, he will be able to tell me if they’ve made a decision on offers and if they would offer me. Or, they may still want to see me at camp,” said Dowrey.
Dowrey will be a 4-year starter on the varsity level. He dominated from the nose guard spot last season, racking up 145 tackles with 30 tackles for loss. Virginia Tech, though, is recruiting him as an interior offensive lineman.
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