A pair of Long Beach Poly (Calif.) teammates had their scholarships pulled late in the recruiting process a year ago and that left a strong impression on Jackrabbit safety Alfred Rowe. In fact, it was a strong reason the talented safety decided to end the recruiting process early and committed to Oregon State.
Rowe, 6-0, 190 pounds is one of the top athletes in the state and projects as a strong safety/outside linebacker at the next level. He only played part time a year ago but always impressed us in the game we watched Poly. Rowe runs very well and is a big hitter. He's a tough, physical player as well and solid in coverage.
The last time we talked to Rowe, he said he was enjoying the recruiting process, wanted to take all five of his trips and see how things played out. That all changed this week.
"The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to commit early and take the pressure off me," Rowe said. "Last year, we had two players here who had an early offer but they waited too long to commit and then by the end of the season when they were ready to commit, the offer was off the table and they ended up not going where they wanted to. I didn't want that to happen for me.
"I liked it at Oregon State when I was down there on an unofficial visit and I think it's a school I fit in well at. I like the coaches a lot and I think Mike Riley is a great guy and a good coach. I didn't commit just to make sure I don't lose out later, I really do like Oregon State. If I go out and have a good senior season and more schools decide to come and offer me, that's something I'll have to consider but I'm definitely happy with Oregon State and glad I made my decision."