Mark Dantonio Keeps Recruiting Attention Locked On 2015 By Going After Monster OT Rob Dowdy

 

Football is won in the trenches. The Michigan State coaching staff is targeting one such prospect to win that war for the 2015 class.

 

Head coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartan coaching staff has their sights set on one of the best offensive tackle recruits in the 2015 class, Rob Dowdy.

 

The Westerville, Ohio native has drawn interest from many schools. Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and Ohio State have all come calling for Dowdy. The current high school junior already has over 10 scholarship offers from colleges across the country, including Michigan State.

 

The highly talented recruit, and even better person, from Westerville South High School recently took some time to talk with Hondo S. Carpenter, Sr. to speak about his family, his special skills and the recruiting process.

 

 

It’s not hard to see why high-profile college programs have flocked to Dowdy.

 

The left tackle stands at 6’6, 294 pounds, a menace to any defensive lineman or linebacker who gets in his way.

 

But not all of Dowdy’s skills stem from natural ability. He is a persistent hard-worker who has forged his own path.

 

“At a young age, I wasn’t the best athlete,” Dowdy said. “So I had to work harder than most even though everyone thought I had the God-given talent. I go to D1 [Sports Training] almost every day. It’s a training facility in Delaware, Ohio. I go there and work on footwork.”

 

His work off the field has not only contributed to his quick feet, but a strong upper body that gives him the advantage in blocking defenders downfield.

 

Opposing defenses respect him so much that they often try to loop defenders around him in an effort to avoid the hefty offensive lineman. Dowdy doesn’t mind, he simply punishes second-level defenders instead of defensive linemen.

 

“That’s my favorite place to go on the field: the second level,” Dowdy said. “I get a lot of momentum building. For whoever is out in front of me, I’m about to be their worst nightmare.”

 

Dowdy is definitely a nightmare for all those who stand on the opposite side of the line of scrimmage. His massive hands would make any defender cringe.

 

“When you have three older brothers and they’re trying to beat you up, you learn how to grab onto them and hold on,” Dowdy said of his big hands.

 

Dowdy’s family has truly helped along the way. But even more important than his brothers, his mother has played a huge role in his life.

 

“It’s mainly been my mother, a little bit of my grandmother,” Dowdy said. “My mom has been the most influential person in my life since she raised me and my three brothers. She’s a single mom but she’s really tried to raise us the best way she can.”

 

Despite working a full-time job, Dowdy’s mother always showed her love for her boys.

 

“Caring for us no matter what was going on with her, she made sure everything was okay,” Dowdy said.

 

Dowdy admits that his admirable discipline also comes from his mom.

 

“I’m the youngest in the family, so I got the short end of the stick a little bit,” Dowdy said. “With everybody moved out, she made sure she was 110% focused on me. Making sure I was disciplined at the end of the day was the most important thing.”

 

Luckily for the Spartan Nation, this all-around recruit might be East Lansing-bound. Dowdy recently received an offer from the Spartan coaching staff, and had nothing but good things to say about Michigan State.

 

“The facilities are great. There’s not one bad thing at Michigan State,” Dowdy said. “The best thing there is the coaching staff. They’re all great men and really family-oriented, and that speaks a lot to me and my mom. That’s one of the biggest things for me and her. She’s raised me to be the person I am, and she wants to know the people she hands me off to will do a good job.”

 

Dowdy also likes that the coaching staff is open about its faith.

 

“When we go to a university, sometimes they’ll hint at it, but they’re never really open about it,” Dowdy said. “It was great to hear him talk about it, and talk about how, if I choose Michigan State, I should keep faith and keep it strong and I don’t get away from it when I come to college.”

 

The young man is still considering all of his options at this point, though, as he is unsure of when he’ll make his decision.

 

“Right now, I have no clue,” Dowdy said. “I have some schools in mind, but right now I’m trying to keep an open mind.”

 

No matter what school he chooses, Dowdy is a world-class athlete, and more importantly, a better person – the type of person you root for no matter what uniform he’s wearing. The Spartan Nation wishes him well.

 

Joe Ginley is the newest writer for the Spartan Nation website and magazine. He writes Spartans in the NFL and State of the Spartans among other articles. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe brings a great passion for sports and a great flexibility in writing skills.


2 Responses to “Mark Dantonio Keeps Recruiting Attention Locked On 2015 By Going After Monster OT Rob Dowdy” Subscribe

  1. Danny April 5, 2014 at 4:13 am #

    I want this kid on our team! He sounds like an amazing person, walking in similar shoes as Adreian Payne, Payne struggled in school and put in the hard work to not only graduate with a degree but to transform himself into a 1st round talent on the court, be a role model and a hero to an 8 year old girl, and all of this after losing his mom at 13. This kid has his head on straight and has put in the work to be as good as he is and having a single mother struggling family it has made him a better person and he too will probably be, if not already, some little kids hero. Please come to MSU, it is home. However if he chooses another school I hope he still becomes an amazing player and dominates wherever he goes because he deserves it. Great article, great read, go Green baby!!! *Sorry so long*

  2. Jim April 5, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    What a perceptive young man. This is the kind of athlete we need and I sure hope he comes to MSU. You know he is good if Alabama is recruiting him.