Long County has already started off their 2021 season better than last fall with a strong win over Bacon County in Week 2 with a score of 44-29. A team that beat the ‘Men of Ludowici’ just the year prior 33-7, was taken down, and in large part, it was the exploits of senior Dwayne Rowe.
The class of 2022 athlete was dynamic finding his way into the endzone on two different occasions. One being on a punt return, the other was off an interception where Rowe read the QB’s eyes perfectly and then weaved around the defense for a big 60-yard return for a score.
The ladder play earned Rowe a spot in the RG Top 10 for Week 2, and rightfully so. His touchdowns were crucial for their victory, and Long County will need the senior to continue his strong start. He worked hard this past offseason to get to this point.
“My ball skills have improved a lot this year from last year. I’m making way more plays than I did last year to help my team win and my speed has increased – I’ve gotten a lot faster,” Rowe said.
Rowe has clearly added weight to his frame, and he is looking a lot more explosive in our eyes. There has been a marked improvement, and we aren’t the only ones taking notice with Duke also showing recent interest.
“Recruitment is going alright; I have a couple of schools talking to me. Middle Tennessee State has offered to along with interest from Kennesaw State, Kentucky, Citadel, Georgia Southern, East Carolina, Georgia State, and Duke,” he said.
Rowe who stands at 6′ and 180 lbs. has the versatility and athleticism to play a multitude of positions across the secondary. He has good instincts in zone coverage, and excellent top-end acceleration to make a break on the football.
The senior spoke about goals for the remainder of the fall.
“The goal for this fall is to get better and keep showing these coaches why they should offer me! And make the playoffs this year for the first time in history at my school.”
Rowe is coming off a visit to Georgia State last weekend and plans to also visit Middle Tennessee, Kennesaw State, and maybe Duke and Kentucky, as well. A lot of Rowe’s recruitment is still up on the air. Middle Tennessee offered in the spring and Rowe did visit this summer continuing his relationship with his main recruiter, Georgia native Kenneth Gilstrap, and the rest of the coaching staff.
That offer seems to be in a good place, and the local interest is well placed, and we suspect that Kennesaw and Georgia State will continue to increase the recruiting pressure, but the recent contact by Duke makes us pause. The uber-athletic Rowe has always been a high-production player for Long County, even as an underclassman, but his senior year is off to a great start, and we think that if he continues the momentum that more FBS programs will be popping up on the recruiting radar. A lot can certainly happen as the recruiting cycle winds down, so be sure to follow @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter to hear the latest recruiting news across the state of Georgia.