Kjos, Rowe say orange and black is for them

The 2006 recruiting class tripled overnight as news broke that Lakota athlete Casey Kjos and Polytechnic High linebacker Alfred Rowe verbaled to the Men in Black.

The Hamilton Journal News reported Friday morning that Kjos verbaled to Oregon State the day after attending Oregon State's one-day camp on June 27.  After BF.com's recent article on Alfred Rowe and his growing interest in OSU, rumors on the message board surfaced that the standout defensive player was ready to get out of California for college ball.  The rumors became fact as Rowe pulled the trigger Thursday evening.

Kjos excelled on both sides of the ball for the Thunderhawks as a junior.  In route to all-league and all-city honors the 6-foot-4, 190-pound player grabbed a team high five interceptions (second in the conference) while adding 58 tackles and one forced fumble and recovery as a free safety.  He was the team's leading receiver as he hauled in 19 passes for 396 yards (fifth in the conference) and nine touchdowns (second in the conference).

The multi-talented athlete also returned kickoffs (six for 176) and punts (eight for 73) with a 29.9 and 9.1 yard average respectively.  He is also solid in the classroom as he made the All-Academic team in 2004 with a 4.0 grade point average.

Mike Riley and his coaching staff made a strong impression on Kjos as the senior called them "unbelievable."  He was also drawn to the Northwest as he grew up in Tacoma, WA.   Kjos gives Oregon State many options as he can line up on either side of the ball. 

The Northwest native had offers from Buffalo and Eastern Michigan and was receiving interest from Oregon, Eastern Washington and Ohio State.  He lives in Liberty Township, Ohio with his cousin and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna.

Rowe is force on defense playing both linebacker and safety positions.  As a junior he recorded 71 tackles, two sacks, one interception and three fumble recoveries while helping Polytechnic to the CIF Division I title.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound player posted fantastic numbers at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine as he posted top marks for linebackers in the vertical leap (37-inch) and broad jump (124-inch).  He was also one of the fastest missing the top mark by .01 seconds.

Rowe was hearing from California, UCLA, Miami and Ole Miss, but Oregon State was his first and only offer.  The California native connected well with the OSU coaching staff during his unofficial visit and telephone conversations.  He has already achieved a qualifying SAT score and plans on graduating in January so he can participate in spring drills.  Rowe is #48 on Scout.com's West Hot 100.

Watch Alfred Rowe's Scout.com video here.

Stay tuned to BeaverFootball.com as we will bring you exclusive interviews with Kjos and Rowe.

Also be on the lookout for the BeaverFootball.com Recruting Hub that is set to go live on Monday, July 25.

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