Top Lineman O'Dowd Gives The Latest

Kris O'Dowd from Tucson, Ariz., is ranked as the nation's No. 1 center prospect by Scout.com, but is as down-to-earth as they come. Bucknuts.com caught up with O'Dowd to discuss the latest in his recruiting process, how his high school team is doing this year, his thoughts on being in Ohio Stadium for the upcoming OSU-Michigan game and more.

Offensive lineman Kris O'Dowd from Tucson, Ariz., continues to list Ohio State as one of the schools near the top of his wish list.

The 6-4-½, 315-pound O'Dowd is ranked as the No. 1 center prospect in the country by Scout.com. He will make an official visit to Ohio State the weekend of Nov. 17-19 and will be in attendance for the OSU-Michigan game.

"I'm really looking forward to it because I've never seen a game at Ohio State's stadium and the way the season is progressing, that game could have the national championship factor," O'Dowd said. "I've been to Ohio State before for summer camp two years ago and I'm pretty anxious to get back and see more about it."

O'Dowd is also considering USC, Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), UCLA and Arizona. He took an official visit to Tennessee last month.

O'Dowd is an intelligent young man and if he knows which direction he's leaning, he's keeping it to himself.

"Yeah, I really don't have a leader right now," he said. "I haven't really concentrated on the recruiting aspect much because I am so focused on my season. I will really focus more on that towards the end of the process."

O'Dowd estimates that he will make a decision "sometime in January."

But like he said, the primary thing on his mind right now is trying to lead Salpointe Catholic High School to a state championship. The team is 8-0 and after losing the last three years in the state semifinals, it is looking to get over the hump.

"We're doing really well," O'Dowd said. "The team that beat us last year in the state semis, we beat them in week four. Hopefully we can go all the way this year and I think we can."

O'Dowd is one of the top offensive line prospects in the nation and will be strictly an O-lineman in college. But he also plays a little bit of defense in high school.

"Yeah, as the season winds down and we play in big games, I play some defensive end," O'Dowd said. "I love playing offensive line, but if they need me to also play defense to help win games, I'm all for it. It's fun."

(And yes, that's a pretty big high school defensive end. OK, that's a pretty big NFL defensive end.)

O'Dowd plays left and right tackle in high school, but will probably be a center in college.

"Yeah, I think so," he said. "That's what most schools are saying to me right now. But I think I could play any of the spots."

O'Dowd says distance from home will not be a factor in his decision and says he's had a good feeling about Ohio State since attending the aforementioned summer camp.

"What stands out about Ohio State is that their coaches and the team seem like a family," he said. "Their coaches are great guys. (Head coach Jim) Tressel is a great guy."

Recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach John Peterson is recruiting O'Dowd for OSU.

"Ohio State is the kind of school that doesn't like to hassle you a whole bunch," O'Dowd said. "They believe in what they do and they will text message you a couple times a month and send letters and call when they can, but they don't want to bother you with recruiting too much and they tell you that."

O'Dowd was asked what he thinks of the somewhat hands-off approach.

"I like the approach," he said. "Like I said, they believe in what they do and they're confident in what they do. I still hear from them and we know there is mutual interest, but they don't hassle you."

O'Dowd has not seen the No. 1 Buckeyes play very much this season on television. "No, I only saw the Texas game," he said. "Most of them are not on down here. But they're having a great season and it will be great being at that game against Michigan."


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