It is always a good thing to see and it says a lot about the internal fortitude about a big time prospect when he lives up to all the pre-season hype. That is exactly what four-star offensive lineman Kristofer O'Dowd from Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic did.
O'Dowd lived up this reputation as one of the best offensive linemen in the country and was honored with the very prestigious Frank Kush Award given to the Grand Canyon State's top offensive lineman.
"I didn't know winning the award was coming until my coach made the announcement before practice," O'Dowd said. "I really didn't know what it was. I am the first from Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic to win the award.
"It was another accomplishment that people recognized my hard work."
O'Dowd didn't really think much about recruiting while his season was going because he wanted to give his all to his senior season. Now that his season is over, O'Dowd will concentrate more on his recruitment.
The talented offensive lineman already officially visited Tennessee and he was in audience this past weekend for his official to USC and took in the USC/Notre Dame game.
"USC was a fun time," O'Dowd said. "It was good to be in that kind of atmosphere.
"The game was huge in USC's eyes and the recruits on hand recognized that," O'Dowd said. "USC pulled it out and it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the game and being that type of environment and seeing USC dominate."
"I wasn't tempted to commit though," O'Dowd said. "People had their side comments, but I'm not the kind of person to decide something if I have a good day or not in terms of what school I will attend."
"I will take my visit to UCLA this coming weekend," O'Dowd said. "I am looking forward to see the Rose Bowl.
"It's going top be a big game with their cross town rivals," O'Dowd said. "I want to look at the atmosphere at UCLA."
It looks like it is down to USC, UCLA, Arizona and Tennessee for the services of O'Dowd. He may still take an official visit to Arizona.
"I will probably make my school decision in a couple of weeks."