"The first thing that stuck out to me was the campus," Rowland said of Stanford. "Walking down Palm Drive, it was pretty nice.
"I really liked the coaching staff at Stanford. I liked both [OL] Coach [Greg] Roman and [TE] Coach [Tim] Drevno, and Coach [Jim] Harbaugh was cool too. I took a tour around the campus. I watched one of Stanford's practices. I hung out with some players afterwards, and that was fun. Got to see the dorms and how they live."
Rowland's trip culminated with the visit to Berkeley on Saturday afternoon for junior day festivities.
"I think I like the campus better at Cal, actually," said Rowland. "I love the city of San Francisco and Berkeley. The weather is incredible, and Memorial Stadium was awesome. I couldn't believe how much I liked Memorial Stadium. I really liked the field turf at Memorial Stadium. I saw all the new renovations they're planning for the new facilities. I met a lot of cool guys there and the new o-line coach."
Offensive line coach Steve Marshall was hired earlier this year. He has made an impression on every recruit he has met in his short time on the Cal campus. Rowland was no exception.
"I thought [Coach Marshall] was a real good guy," said Rowland. "We were watching some film with him. Looking at all the different terms, he uses, is very similar to what we use at Centennial. It would be a short learning curve.
"Coach Marshall he said he was going to start me at tackle and wouldn't be surprised if I moved down to guard, or if he kept me at tackle. He wants to keep his options open with me because he feels I have the body build to play any position."
Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory recruits the state of Arizona. Until Saturday, he was the only Golden Bear coach Rowland had previously had contacted. "I really like [head] Coach [Jeff] Tedford a lot. He's a really nice guy who seems to care for his players."
In addition, it was his first time to see the Cal fans in full force, when the Bears tangled with UCLA on the hardwood for a nationally televised game.
"I thought it was awesome," Rowland said of the Berkeley crowd. "It was packed. It was awesome to see Gameday there."
Besides Cal and Stanford, Rowland has visited hometown Arizona State and attended Arizona's junior day. "All four have exceeded my expectations," he added. "I am going to attend ASU's junior day on April 4."
Rowland still plans to go through the recruiting process. He has seven total offers, the four schools he has visited plus Oregon, Colorado, and Colorado State. In spite of seeing the Bay Area over the weekend, he says he will use two of his five official visits to check out Cal and Stanford again.
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