The clock is ticking down for the decision of four-star offensive lineman Kristofer O'Dowd (6-5, 315, 5.1) from Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic. In less than 24 hours O'Dowd will make his decision known. It is down to four schools and they are Tennessee, USC, UCLA and Arizona.
In an interesting twist to the story, O'Dowd decided to take an official visit to Arizona, which was a change in his recruiting strategy. The talented O'Dowd lives very close to the college and has been there several times.
"I had a good trip to Arizona," O'Dowd said. "It was fun stuff."
"I didn't necessarily learn anything new, but there were things I wasn't sure about that were cleared up."
The Arizona trip helped O'Dowd see things more clearly so now he can make a well informed decision.
O'Dowd said he still isn't sure on what school he will announce for on Thursday. USC gets the last shot as Trojans will have an in-house with O'Dowd this evening.
The four schools will have to wait until 2:30 PM Mountain Time tomorrow is when O'Dowd will make his decision public at his school.
"All four schools are similar and that's what is making the decision so difficult," O'Dowd said. "I'm just going to go with the school I feel is best for me."
After O'Dowd makes his decision he will get ready for the US Army All-American Bowl and get right to work preparing for the next level.
The talented offensive lineman earned Top-Flight Magazine Player of the Year for his performance as a senior. He also earned first-team All-Arizona and first-team all-state.
O'Dowd was selected to the Rivals.com Rivals100 for the class of 2007 and is considered by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 54 prospect at any position. Rivals.com rates O'Dowd as the country's No. 5 offensive guard.
O'Dowd also made the Rivals.com Arizona top 20 team landing as the Grand Canyon State's No. 2 prospect at any position.
It is going to be a stressful week and two days for coaches and fans from the last schools standing for the very skilled behemoth from Arizona.