Rowe Working for More

Xavier Rowe largely is flying under the radar in recruiting. The Illinois DB is doing what he can to make a name for himself. Schools like Iowa and Northern Illinois are taking notice.

Like all high school prospects, Xavier Rowe wishes he had more scholarship offers. The Illinois defensive back isn't feeling sorry for himself, however. He's doing something about it.

"Hopefully, I'm close to landing another offer soon," Rowe said. "I'm waiting on a few schools to come through and pull the trigger. But until then, I've kept my head down and stayed focused on what I need to do to get the offer."

North Dakota and has offered Rowe a scholarship, he said. Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Missouri, Western Michigan and Iowa have shown interest, he added.

Hawkeye Assistant Jim Reid stopped by River Forest High in Oak Park, IL to visit Rowe last week.

"I think he was pretty impressed with my size and speed," Rowe said. "Hopefully we can talk and work something out about me playing for the Hawkeyes.

"Iowa is somewhere I can see myself playing. It's close to home, in one of the best football conferences and a bunch of my friends from this year are going there next year."

Rowe (5-foot-10 1/2, 185 pounds) has twice visited Northern Illinois and stopped by Western Michigan and Missouri each once.

"I look for the campus size, what there is to do around the campus and how the students support their sports programs," Rowe said of what's important to him in picking a school.

Rowe is considering majors in business, law and criminal justice. He's unsure of when he will commit to a college but feels like he will bring to that program a skilled and intelligent player.

"I think my knowledge of the game is probably my biggest strength," Rowe said. "I've played a lot of football and watch quite a bit of film so I know what's going on."

Rowe, who reports running the 40-yard dash recently in 4.55 seconds, is working on improving his technique and fundamentals, he said.

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