Four-star offensive lineman Kristofer O'Dowd (6-5, 315, 5.16) from Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic has more than lived up to his reputation as one of the West's best offensive linemen, he has played like one of the elite behemoths in the nation.
O'Dowd has been instrumental in Salpointe Catholic's perfect 8-0 record and state No.1 ranking.
On the recruiting trail, O'Dowd has already made one trip and has shaken some things up in visit plans.
The one visit that O'Dowd took was to Tennessee.
"The Tennessee trip went very well," O'Dowd said. "I didn't expect it to be as good as it was.
"My trip to Tennessee opened up my eyes. Tennessee is still very much in the hunt."
At one time O'Dowd was going to visit Miami on November 4th but that trip is somewhat in the air at this time. His fourth visit now will be to UCLA on December 2nd when the Bruins take on archrival USC.
UCLA was on the outs for a bit in the O'Dowd sweepstakes but the Bruins did a fine recruiting job getting back in the hunt.
"I liked the way UCLA presented their depth chart and how I would fit in their plans," O'Dowd said. "I also like UCLA's academics."
Obviously O'Dowd has an eye for traditional great match ups because besides taking in the UCLA/USC classic, O'Dowd will visit Ohio State on November 16 the weekend when college football will not only have one of country's great rivalries playing when the Buckeyes take on the Michigan Wolverines, but the season continues to progress the way it appears then this game could have major bowl implications.
After the visit to Ohio State, O'Dowd will visit USC when they play Notre Dame the weekend of November 25th.
Not only is O'Dowd a fine football player but he's smart, too. On his three upcoming visits he will take in three of the nation's great rivalry games.
Is there a fifth and final visit for O'Dowd?
"I'm not sure if I will take my last visit," O'Dowd said. "If I do I will visit Arizona or Miami."
"I'm very open and will take all of my set visits before making my college decision," O'Dowd said. "I will probably make my announcement in mid or late January."
In an earlier interview with Salpointe Catholic coach Dennis Bene gave articulate reasons why his talented offensive lineman is being so highly recruited.
"Kris is the complete package," Bene said. "He has size, athleticism, and smarts. He is so fit, he carries 310 pounds really easy."
"Off the field he is fun to be around, just a great kid; but on the field he is nasty," Bene said. "He has the demeanor that all great linemen have, he is relentless on his opponent."
O'Dowd made the Rivals.com, Rivals100 team for the class of 2007 landing as the nation's No. 62 prospect at any position. Rivals.com rates O'Dowd as the nation's No. 4 offensive guard prospect.
O'Dowd also made the Rivals.com Arizona top 20 and landed as the Grand Canyon State's No. 2 prospect at any position.