ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Rico Dowdle set a Western North Carolina high school record with 63 touchdowns during his senior season at A.C. Reynolds.
The Gaffney, S.C. native totaled 2,545 yards rushing (51 touchdowns), 1,434 passing yards (11 touchdowns) and a receiving touchdown in 2015.
Dowdle, who played some quarterback in youth leagues and middle school, switched positions after the end of his junior season.
“I knew our offense was mostly run-based, so the quarterback spot — the way it’s designed — the quarterback can basically be a running back,” Dowdle said. “I knew that just having the ball every play could help the team and help me, help us all out with the offense we ran.
“The biggest change was me getting the technique with throwing the ball. That was, pretty much, the biggest change for me … I wouldn’t say it was too bad. Learning the playbook — that was pretty much it, once I learned all the plays and got my passing technique right (during) spring practice, it was all fine.”
A.C. Reynolds finished last season 11-2 and averaged almost 50 points per game on offense. Dowdle capped his stellar 2015 campaign with two touchdowns in the Shrine Bowl. In January, he committed to the Gamecocks.
SEC Country caught up with the four-star running back on Monday afternoon for an extensive interview.
In the video, Dowdle shares his plans for enrolling at South Carolina, the goals he’s set for year one in Columbia and what kind of a role he’ll have in Kurt Roper’s offense.