It took a little longer than we expected, but Long Beach Poly (Calif.) athlete Alfred Rowe picked up his first scholarship offer of the year after an unofficial visit to the great Northwest.
Rowe, 6-0, 190 pounds is one of the state's most versatile athletes and is getting looks at both safety and linebacker. He has the speed to play in the secondary and clocked a 4.55 in the 40 at the Nike camp at Stanford but is a huge hitter and has the mentality of a linebacker.
"I don't care where I play as long as I'm on the field," Rowe said. "This year at Poly, I'm actually going to be a position that is kind of a cross between linebacker and safety. Some schools like me at one versus the other but I really don't have a preference."
Rowe took unofficial visits this past weekend to Oregon and Oregon State and landed his first scholarship offer as a result.
"Oregon State just offered me today," Rowe said. "I was real happy about that, it feels great to get that first one under my belt. That definitely puts Oregon State high up on my list and I really enjoyed myself down there. The coaches are great, I liked the campus and it's a cool college town.
"Oregon was cool too and the coaches were telling me to be patient because they haven't offered any safeties yet and they just want to watch me a little more. They're recruiting me for safety and Oregon State likes me at linebacker. Right now, I definitely want to wait things out and see who else is going to recruit me.
"I'll be going to USC's camp next Monday and Tuesday and that will be the last camp of the year for me. I've been to several already and I'm just going to relax and start focusing on our season at Poly next year."
In addition to the two visits in Oregon last weekend, Rowe has attended Junior Days at Cal, USC and UCLA.