At this point in his recruitment, many thought Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive lineman Kenny Rowe might be ready to make his decision. With an older brother (Alfred) enrolling at USC in the fall and the Trojans being his childhood favorite, once Rowe picked up the SC offer, there was a lot of speculation he might jump on it but the talented pass rusher is in no hurry to commit anywhere.
Rowe, 6-2, 215 pounds is one of the elite pass rushers in the West this year and a top 100 player nationally. He was dominant at the NIKE Camp in Stanford and has great quickness off the ball and really knows how to use his hands to keeps offensive linemen off of him.
The big question about Rowe is what will he play in college. He has more of a linebacker frame right now but has never played anything but defensive end. Can he put on the size to play defensive end in college or will he have to make the move to outside linebacker and if so, does he have the quickness to make that transition?
"That's a question a lot of people are asking," Rowe's father Alfred Sr. said. "At the recent rising seniors camp at USC, he did real well and ran a 4.6-40 which is the fastest he has ever run. He has been working hard with a trainer and has improved in a lot of areas. I think he could possibly play linebacker if he doesn't put the weight on to play defensive end.
"The problem for Kenneth right now is his metabolism is so fast. He'll get up to 225 pounds, go work out and sweat really hard and get back on the scale and he's lost 10 pounds, it's amazing. So he's able to put weight on, the big thing is if he can keep it on when he gets to college."
When it comes to recruiting, Rowe said he wants to go through the process and isn't close to making a commitment at this time.
"No, I want to take my trips and go through the process more," Rowe said. "I know a lot of people expect me to commit to USC and I do like them a lot, but there are other schools I like a lot as well. I don't know how many of my visits I'll take but the main schools I'm looking at are USC, Cal, Oregon and Arizona.
"I've already taken unofficial visits to all those schools except Arizona and I definitely want to check them out as well. I really don't know when I'll be ready to commit. To be honest, I'm not thinking about it that much. None of the schools have pressured me about committing early so I don't feel a pressing need to make a decision before I'm ready to make it."