Long Beach Poly (Calif.) athlete Alfred Rowe committed back in the summer to Oregon State but that hasn't kept colleges from checking his interest level. After watching Rowe in action last Friday, we would be surprised if a few more schools don't jump on him as well.
Rowe, 6-0, 190 pounds plays linebacker for Poly but projects best as a strong safety in college. He's a big hitter who can run and is very athletic. He was all over the field for the Jackrabbits in their season opening win over a tough Corona (Calif.) Centennial and should be considered one of the top defensive players in the state.
"I finished with 18 tackles including four for loss," Rowe said. "I thought I had a good game but I was still pretty shocked when I heard how many tackles I had. I was thinking I had around 12 or 13 so that was exciting."
Rowe didn't start as a junior although he was definitely talented enough to do so. He still played enough to finish the year with 71 tackles and two picks and draw recruiting attention from schools all over the region.
Oregon State was the first school to offer and after taking an unofficial visit to Corvallis, Rowe committed to the Beavers just a few weeks later.
"I really liked it up there and felt I fit in well with the style of defense they run," Rowe said. "Plus in the past couple of years, we've had some players who were offered early but when they wanted to commit, their ride wasn't their any more so I wanted to make sure that didn't happen to me.
"I'm still open to hearing from other schools but I'm a solid commit to Oregon State. Since September 1, I've gotten calls from Arizona, USC, Fresno State and Sacramento State in addition to Oregon State. No one has offered me but that's fine, I didn't get a lot of hype coming in to the season like some other players out there because I didn't play that much last season.
"I'm just going out and playing hard right now and we'll see what happens. We play Bellevue (Wash.) on national T.V. this week and I can't wait for that game. They're a great team and I'm excited to play them. It's a great opportunity for our team to show what kind of talent we have and I think it could be kind of a coming out party for me as well."