Friday, June 14, 2013
5 Questions: 2015 WR/DB David Dowell
By Josh Moyer
Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.
This week's subject is David Dowell, a 2015 WR/DB out of Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward who visited Penn State for a June 1 camp. He doesn't yet hold an offer, but he was one of the players whom PSU singled out.
NittanyNation: You already have Penn State in your top three, along with Michigan and Ohio State. Was PSU always up there, or did something happen at PSU's camp that really moved them up?
David Dowell: Nothing really happened, as far as moving them up. I liked them since way back when Coach [Anthony Midget] visited our school. I thought it was pretty cool that he came and talked with us.
I just liked the way he represented himself. He kept it real. He didn't tell us if we came to the camp we'd get an offer. He said to come play hard, and we'll evaluate you. So I thought that was nice.
NN: It's interesting that your top three right now is all Big Ten teams. I know your top three can change but, right now, is that just a coincidence -- or is there just something about that conference you really like?
DD: Well, we grew up watching the Big Ten and it's one of the best conferences in America, so that's a good thing. It doesn't mean that I don't like SEC schools or MAC schools or a different conference. I just think the Big Ten is where I'd belong.
The schools that we grew up watching since we started watching football is mostly Big Ten schools -- the Ohio States, the Michigans, the Penn States -- so I think that's why.
NN: I know you and your twin brother, Andrew, would both like to attend the same college. But that might be hard for a school like PSU to do with its limited scholarships. So is that kind of a deal-breaker?
DD: Absolutely not. It would be an ideal thing to go to the same college, but it doesn't have to be that way. He's a good player, and I'm a good player. I think if we go to the same college, we could help the college even more. But it's not a deal-breaker.
NN: What was your favorite part about Penn State's camp, and what do you like most about the school?
DD: When they took us out on a tour after the camp. They took some selected kids from the camp to go on a little mini-visit afterward, so I thought that was pretty cool that they invited us to go on that.
And the biggest thing I like is probably the attitude of the coaches. They weren't there to do a whole bunch of yelling at the camp. They were there to teach us to become better football players. I thought that was really cool.
NN: A few colleges are recruiting you pretty heavily right now. What is it you think schools like Penn State see in you?
DD: I think one of the things colleges see in me is my work ethic. Every time, I try to go out and work and become better when I leave a workout. I also try to take the little things and incorporate them all into my game, so I think it's the little things that set me apart -- and, obviously, I like to be physical when I go out to play. I don't shy away from contact.