"These are the schools I'm focusing on most right now just because I've visited them," O'Dowd said. "I also like Miami and Tennessee (offer), but I haven't visited. Miami has a rule that they can't even offer until they've seen you in person. Now that I'm getting ready for school to start, I doubt I'll have time to visit.
"I have family in Pennsylvania, so I knew that Ohio State was a power house. I checked it out during my sophomore summer and they offered me at that camp. First and foremost, Ohio State fans are dedicated to their school. The campus has top-notch facilities, and the coaching staff is a tight group of guys who give me the vibe of a father-figure. It seems like the program is going to get better because the roster is deep with talent," he said.
"Arizona is two miles down the street. It's my hometown school. They are building their program through recruiting, and their defensive line is one of they best in the county right now. By the time I get there, they may be making it to bowl games. They have brand new facilities, and the coaches don't cut corners with you—they tell it like it is.
"The town where UCLA is (Westwood) has a nice feel to it, and they use the Rose Bowl stadium for their home games. They are slowly building their program," O'Dowd said.
"USC has great weather and a good environment. The coaches are dedicated to their players. They have a winning program."
"My family and I are keeping my favorites to ourselves. I don't want to announce any more specifics yet. I'm just trying to figure out which schools I'm going to take official visits to. After I take those, I'll most likely commit in the season," he said. "I would like to go to a school where they'll build me up as a player and as a person, and I love competition in the conference and with teammates. Home will always be there, so I'd like to get away for college."