Tigers Looking at Speedy Linebacker Prospect

This super fast linebacker talks recruiting and the school that is showing renewed interest in his skills.

Opelika, Ala.--It has been a long year for Opelika linebacker Josh Rowe. First dealing with injuries for much of his senior season, Rowe has seen that keep college scouts away as he heads into the heart of the recruiting season. However, things are beginning to change though as Rowe says he's starting to hear more from colleges around the Southeast, including one major program.

"Everything is going pretty good right now," Rowe tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm hearing from Auburn, Georgia Southern, Samford and a few other schools. I'm still hearing a little from Ole Miss."

Always fond of the Auburn program, Rowe visited the Tigers for a summer camp and was at several games this past season. Recruited by not offered by the former staff, Rowe says he's gotten word that the Tigers are taking a second look at him to see if he'll be one of the guys they go after in recruiting.

"I talked to Coach James Willis on Wednesday," Rowe says. "He said they were going to review my film and then I'll know something. That's pretty exciting. Coach (Gene) Chizik came to my school and got film on me. I haven't met him, but he likes to play hard-nosed football and that's what I like. That's how I was taught to play football.

"I read an article on him and he talked about smash-mouth football. I don't mind passing, but for teams to win you've got to have a good running game."

Up to 6-0, 207 with a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds, Rowe has all the intangibles to be a player on the next level. Injuries hampered his senior season, but he still managed to record 108 tackles, four sacks, six caused fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Those numbers earned him second-team All-State honors and the Opelika defensive MVP for the second consecutive season.

With Auburn looking for help at the linebacker position, Rowe says he hopes that means he'll have a shot to earn an offer in the coming weeks.

"They are recruiting a lot of linebackers," Rowe says. "They have about three or four I think. Eltoro Freeman, I know they got him, the juco transfer. Then Harris Gaston and Jonathan Evans. Those are the only three so far."

One of the keys to Rowe's recruitment for the Tigers has been Willis. Keeping in touch with the linebacker during the season even though he didn't have an offer, Rowe says Willis has been big for him to keep him going during the tough times.

"It's very important because he lets me know what is going on," Willis says. "It's like swimming in the ocean, sometimes you need a guide."

Last weekend, Rowe visited Birmingham to check out the Samford Bulldogs and this weekend he'll be heading to see Georgia Southern. He says he likes what he saw out of Pat Sullivan's team and the city.

"I liked Samford all around," Rowe says. "They make you feel welcome. I like Birmingham. They have a pretty good football team and it's a great academic school. You can't go wrong there."

He adds he doesn't have any more visits scheduled at the moment, but that could change.

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