Offensive tackle Kristofer O'Dowd (6-5, 315, 5.1) from Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic has heard from every school in the country that he wanted to hear from except, two.
You can now scratch off UCLA as a school that O'Dowd wanted to hear from as the Bruins not only got in touch with him but also offered the talented behemoth a scholarship.
The Bruins joined a plethora of other schools that includes Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State, USC, Washington, Tennessee, Baylor, Nebraska, Texas Tech, New Mexico State, Nevada, Michigan State and Ohio State that have offers on the table.
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"I talked to coach Dino Babers and he said to me 'how can we not offer Kristofer O'Dowd' and that was pretty flattering coming from Coach Babers," O'Dowd said. "UCLA looks pretty good. I think they will probably be among my top five."
"I haven't necessarily narrowed it down yet," O'Dowd said. "I kind of have an idea who they are and I should know in a couple of days."
Besides UCLA, O'Dowd has received other recent offers from Utah, Oklahoma and Boston College.
"I kind of like Boston College, too," O'Dowd said. "Boston is a pretty neat town and they made it clear that I would fit in."
"The only school that I haven't heard from that I would like to is Notre Dame," O'Dowd said. "I'm very happy with the ones I've hear from. It's all good."
It isn't hard to figure out why O'Dowd is fast becoming the most sought after offensive lineman on the west coast.
"Kris is the complete package," Salpointe Catholic coach Dennis 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 was the only junior to make the all-Arizona team (all classifications), all-state, all-city and all-region for his 2005 performance.
It may be only a matter of time before Notre Dame takes a look. It wouldn't surprise anybody of they did.