State Enters Fray for OL

There is a new name on the Penn State recruiting radar and it is an important one: Kristofer O'Dowd. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound five-star offensive lineman from Salpointe Catholic High in Tuscon, Ariz., is suddenly in play for the Nittany Lions. FOS caught up with him Tuesday.

“[Penn State] called my coach [Monday] and he told me about it,” O'Dowd said, referring to the initial contact made by the Nittany Lions. “When I heard about it, I was very much interested and I told my coach to tell them that. My coach gave them my number but I haven't heard from them yet.”

While Penn State had not extended a written offer as of Tuesday night, O'Dowd remained interested in the Nittany Lions.

“Some people are just like, 'you're a West Coast kid.' But if I were a West Coast kid, I wouldn't be interested in schools like Ohio State,” he said. “If Penn State offers, I'd take them into high consideration because it's full of tradition and it's Big Ten football. There's always great competition there.”

O'Dowd also has some of his family's roots planted in the Keystone State. His grandparents arrived in the United States from Greece and originally settled in Pennsylvania.

“That's where my grandparents lived when they first came to this country and then they moved from Pennsylvania to Tuscon,” O'Dowd said. “I have a couple cousins in Pennsylvania now, too.”

Currently, schools are primarily looking at O'Dowd as a center, although he is versatile enough to play virtually every spot on the offensive line.

“I've been told that I can play any position except left tackle, because I'm not like 6-foot-8,” he said. “Preferably, the schools want me at center. I talk to a lot of schools that like me at center or guard.

“I like center just because you're kind of like the quarterback of the line and you're making the calls,” he added. “I like that being in control and knowing what's going on.”

As far as a timeline for a commitment, O'Dowd is going to take his time.

“I will commit after my official visits,” he said.

O'Dowd indicated that within the next week or so, he will be sitting down to plan his five official visits. With that in mind, there is likely a big question on the minds of Penn State fans. That is, if Penn State offers, would the Nittany Lions be in consideration for an official visit?

“Definitely,” O'Dowd said.

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