Coast-to-Coast Interest

Long Beach Poly defensive end Kenny Rowe (6-3, 220, 4.9), brother of USC signee Alfred Rowe (S), said he favors USC, California, Oregon, Notre Dame and Florida, in no particular order. He claims to have written offers from Oregon, Cal, Mississippi and USC

Kenny Rowe Profile

"It's too early for me to say I have any real leader," Rowe said. "I just want to take my time and look at all my options. Besides football, I want to go to a school that will give me a solid education. That's really important to my parents too."

Rowe denies the rumors that he will probably be heading to USC, following his brother. "I'm not saying that it doesn't make any difference that my brother is at SC, but it's not going to play a big part in my decision," said the five-star defender. "It would be great to play with him, but I'm also looking to make a name for myself.

"I really like Cal a lot. They have great academics…that's for sure. I took an unofficial visit there and really like the facilities and campus. I've talked to the coaches a lot," he said. "I'm going up there for Junior Day the first week of April. I'll know more after that.

"I like Oregon too. They got a good football team, which has a bright future. I know I could make a big impact up there," Rowe said. "I've been talking with Coach (Don) Pellum a lot about the program and the school. I also took an unofficial visit there with my brother and just liked the whole school."

Rowe said that he likes Notre Dame and Florida, but does not have offers from either school.

"Florida is up there too. They have a great head coach and a strong, solid program. I want to take an official visit there to learn more about the program.

"I like Notre Dame because they have great academics and a strong tradition," he said. "The team is coming up really fast and I'd love to be a part of that. I really respect Coach Charlie) Weis and would love to play for him, but I haven't talked to him yet."

Rowe said that Mississippi has been recruiting him the hardest, coming in with his first offer on February 2.

"Ole Miss sends me letters everyday. I've talked with them a lot too," Rowe said.

What's next for Rowe? He will attend Junior Day at USC and Cal the first week of April. He attended UCLA's Junior Day on March 3. He plans on attending both the Scout and Nike May combines.

"I don't have any set time frame in making my decision. Right now, I'm just going to see what everyone has to offer," Rowe said. "I plan on taking all five of my official visits over the next few months, but I don't know exactly when or where right now."

Other schools that have been courting Rowe are UCLA, Michigan, Nebraska, Boston College and Miami.

Final junior stats: 70 tackles/11 sacks/one interception

Bench: 270/Squat: 350/Power Clean: 235

Rowe reports a 2.5 core GPA/April first time SAT.

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