Currently playing offensive tackle for the defending CIF Division I champions, Rowlands figures to play guard or even center at the next level, with even the possibility of playing defense or tight end. But for now, his focus is playing offensive tackle and winning another CIF crown. "It should be a good season. We know everyone wants to knock us off, but we want to win again," said Rowlands.
Recruiting is starting to gather some steam for Rowlands, as the May 1st contact period approaches, but he already is getting plenty of interest from a slew of schools. "I'm hearing from Arizona State, Northwestern, UCLA, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Oregon State, Notre Dame, and Boston College. A few other schools were around this week to talk with our coaches and I got cards from them too."
Rowlands currently lists his favorites as Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon State.
"I went to a lot of UCLA's practices and really liked what I saw, and really liked Coach Weber. I have also heard from Coach Dorrell and Coach Axman."
Rowlands visited ASU, and was definitely enamored, thanks to a good coaching staff and an incredible weight room. He said, "Oh yeah, I saw their weight room when my dad and I went out there. It's pretty cool. I really liked ASU. And I want to see Oregon State's facilities as well."
Facilities are something that will play heavily into Rowlands decision, an advantage that Oregon State and Arizona State have, but academics will also have a major role, something he said that is in UCLA's favor.
While he could drag out the recruiting process, Rowlands said as soon as he knows where he wants to go, he is going to say so. "Most of the guys I have talked to who were recruited said they knew where they wanted to go when they stepped foot on the campus. I think I'll know, but I want to take some trips to schools I wouldn't normally see if it weren't from football, like Notre Dame and Boston College. I am not going to use my official visits to UCLA and Arizona State when I can drive there."
Rowlands has already been busy with camps, having gone to the Nike Camp in Los Angeles as well as the USC Training Camp, and he also has plans to go to the ASU and UCLA one-day camps. "I'm really looking forward to going to the UCLA camp, It's more one-on-one coaching, more college coaches teaching instead of high school coaches from other schools teaching you to block like they do their team."
A solid student, Rowlands has a 3.3 GPA and will take his SAT for the first time on May 3rd.