Long Beach Poly (Calif.) athlete Alfred Rowe committed to Oregon State back in the summer and will take an official visit to Corvallis this weekend. The talented defensive player is still hearing from a few schools but is very excited about his future with the Beavers.
Rowe plays linebacker for Poly and that's where the Beavers have recruited him as well. At 6-0, 190 pounds with 4.5 speed in the 40, we've always felt safety might be his best college position but Rowe is a hitter and is one of those players who might be most affective the closer he is to the line of scrimmage.
The athlete has had a very good senior season and leads a talented Jackrabbit squad in tackles.
"I have 96 tackles which leads our team and is fourth in the league," Rowe said. "When you consider all the talent we have on this defense, I was pretty excited to hear about my numbers. It's tough to rack up big numbers here because we have so many good players and usually all the stats are equaled out by a lot of players."
If you really want to get Rowe heated up, just ask him how he feels his number of offers compared to other players in the area.
"Man, this whole recruiting thing, I just don't get it," he said. "I see all these players that I know I'm better than, and they have 20 plus offers and I have two. I mean I'm not complaining because at least I got an offer from a great school like Oregon State. They're in the Pac 10 and it's every players dream out here to play in the Pac 10. Plus Oregon State just isn't any Pac 10 team, they have a great program and are one of the five best teams in the conference almost every year.
"I'm excited about going there, but I'm just upset about the whole process and how it plays out. I don't know if it's politics or what but I see some of these guys that I went up against at camps or even on the field and they can't play yet they have a ton of offers. I'm just thinking, 'what are the colleges looking at.' It's really frustrating for me but like I said, I'm just thankful I have my ride to Oregon State and can't wait to get out there."
In addition to his visit to Corvallis, Rowe said he still plans on visiting Fresno State, his other offer, on (Dec. 16).