Talented Linebacker Enjoys Scout Camp

One of Alabama's top linebackers talks about his experience at the recent Scout.com Elite Camp and how recruiting his going.

Auburn, Ala.--Sunday's Scout.com Southeastern Elite Camp in Auburn featured one of the top linebacker groups anywhere in the country with names such as Nico Johnson, Nigel Mitchell-Thornton, Troy Davis and Brandon Watts all in attendance, but one player that more than held his own was Opelika's Josh Rowe.

A standout for Coach Spence McCracken with the Bulldogs, Rowe is a very active linebacker who is similar in style to Auburn's Chris Evans on the high school level. He says that Sunday's experience was a good one for him to see where he stacks up with the rest of the top players in the region.

"I saw a lot of talent," Rowe says. "We got to meet the number one linebacker in the nation and the number one cornerback in the nation. There were a couple of good running backs. It was good."

With Chip Smith on hand to show off some of the techniques he uses at Competitive Edge Sports in Atlanta to train players for the NFL Combine, Rowe says it was interesting to be able to get some pointers that he feels like will help him down the road.

"I learned some new stuff," Rowe says. "The bungy chords were challenging. We need to invest in one of those. I think the techniques they showed me will help to increase my 40 times. I will have to practice that."

Not the biggest of linebackers at 6-0, 195, Rowe more than makes up for that with his aggressive style and speed to the football. It hasn't translated to a ton of offers just yet because of the amount of good linebackers across the South, but he says he's just trying to remain patient.

"Recruiting is tiring, it's stressful," Rowe says "All of the colleges and everybody telling you the same thing. It's okay I guess, but it can be stressful."

Rowe isn't without some attention though as he currently has two offers and is receiving interest from several more top schools. He says that he just has to remind himself that it's still very early and not to let his lack of interest get to him.

"I have an offer from Kentucky and South Alabama," Rowe says. "I'm also hearing from Auburn, Ole Miss, Louisville, Mississippi State, Alabama, basically the SEC.

"You want to know who is going to offer you," he adds. "Everybody has their favorite school they want to go to, but when the school doesn't offer you just have to be patient. That's what everybody tells me is to be patient."

Rowe says he plans to camp at Auburn, Alabama and several more schools over the summer and is not planning on making an early decision.

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