OL Rowland has many Pac-10 suitors

February, 26, 2009
Offensive lineman Nick Rowland (Peoria, Ariz./ Centennial) picked up another Pac-10 offer and will head Northern California this weekend to check out two of his favorite schools.

Rowland is currently the most heavily recruited player from the Grand Canyon State for the class of 2010. Oregon is the most recent school to offer following earlier pledges from Arizona State, Stanford, Colorado, Colorado State, Arizona and Cal.

"I'm very excited about the Oregon offer," Rowland said. "I have family in the area and I will definitely be giving the Ducks a serious look. I think Washington could be close to offering as well so things are going good and I'm loving the recruiting process right now."

Stanford and Cal are each high on the list for Rowland and he'll visit both schools this coming weekend.

"I'm going to Stanford on Friday and then to Cal for their Junior Day on Saturday," Rowland said. "At Stanford, I'll be able to attend a few classes and see what campus life is all about.

"Cal is supposed to have a lot of really good players in and I'm excited to see both schools up close and learn a lot more about them. I've been to California before but have never visited any of the colleges so it should be a great weekend."

As most already know, both of Rowland's parents attended ASU but the lineman said that won't play a role in his decision.

"They really want me to decide this for myself and they don't want to influence me either way," Rowland said. "The fact that my parents went there will have no impact at all on what school I choose. I'm just going to look around and find the best overall fit for me."

Cal having big weekend
Nick Rowland isn't the only big time player headed to Berkeley for the weekend. The Bears will be bringing in several talented players from all over the country.

You can make an argument that Cal will have the top three offensive linemen in the West all on campus. Along with Rowland, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) tackle Erik Kohler and Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) athlete Chris Ward will be on hand.

On the other side of the ball, the two premier defensive tackle prospects in the West, Cassius Marsh (Westlake Village, Calif./ Oaks Christian) and Ronald Powell (Moreno Valley, Calif./ Rancho Verde) will be in the house.

Marsh attended USC's Junior Day last weekend and the Trojans are leading but Cal will try and make up some ground. Powell is a tremendous talent and could be the premier defensive player in the region regardless of position. He has the ability to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 or defensive end/tackle in a traditional 4-3 scheme.

Running back Trajuan Briggs (Van Nuys, Calif./ Birmingham) has a Cal offer and told us a week ago he can't wait to check out the Bears. The Bears also lead heavily for Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.) linebacker David Wilkerson and it wouldn't shock me if the athlete commits to Cal before the summer hits.

What could really put the weekend over the top is if some of the out of state players show that we've heard could be on hand.

Leading the pack is running back Lache Seastrunk (Temple, Texas), arguably among the nation's top handful of players at his position. Seastrunk had a strong showing at the NIKE Camp in Texas a year ago and had a solid junior season with 1,541 yards and 14 touchdowns after rushing for 1,532 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore.

Chris Badger (Timpview, Provo, Utah) is one of the elite safeties in the West and giving the Bears a strong look. Cal is one of several offers for Badger and the Utah native was actually born in Berkeley and still has friends and family in the area.

Assuming he makes it, no player will have traveled further than Khairi Fort (Stamford, Ct.). Fort lit up the NIKE Camp at Penn State last year and had 118 tackles and two interceptions as a junior. Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Boston College and Rutgers, along with the Bears, are just a few schools who have offered Fort.

Trovon Reed (Thibodaux, La.) was expected to be on hand but won't be able to make it. Reed is one of the elite receivers in the South and is holding offers from schools like Texas, Georgia, Ole Miss and Arkansas.

"I couldn't get out there but I'm going to try and make it for their next Junior Day," Reed said. "I like Cal and I liked how they used Desean Jackson. They want to use me in a similar way so I'm definitely interested in checking them out.



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