A player we think has a great chance to blow up this summer and definitely as a senior is Long Beach Poly (Calif.) athlete Alfred Rowe. A year ago, Rowe was a part time starter at both safety and linebacker and always impressed us with his athleticism and hitting ability in the games we saw the Jackrabbits.
Rowe, 5-11.5, 185 pounds had a busy weekend first attending UCLA's Junior Day on Saturday and them making the drive out to East Los Angeles J.C for the third and final Nike combine on Sunday.
"UCLA was great, that's a really nice school," Rowe said. "We watched the team scrimmage and then toured the campus and met with all the coaches. There were four of us from Poly who went down there- me, Vincent (Joseph), Terrence (Austin) and Travon (Patterson) and we all had a good time. They haven't offered any of us right now but they said they're watching all of us pretty closely.
"For me, I'm not sure where they're recruiting me at- safety or linebacker. I think safety because they made a point to tell me they're only taking two defensive backs this year- one safety and one corner. I'm also planning to go to Cal's Junior Day and Oregon's as well. I haven't heard much from USC but if I'm invited to their Junior Day, I'll go as well.
"Right now, I'm really open to anyone. I actually grew up a Texas A&M fan and they're still really high on my list. I also like Washington and Notre Dame along with all those schools I just named."
Rowe is a big hitter and a very physical player. He finished his junior season with 71 tackles, three fumble recoveries including one for a touchdown and two interceptions despite not starting every game. At the combine on Sunday, he clocked a 4.50 in the 40, 4.37 in the shuttle, jumped 36 inches in the vertical and did 15 reps on the bench. His SPARQ rating of 82.04 was one of the best at the combine and we're excited to see what Rowe will do on the field this season with a full year as the starter.