Currently starting at tackle for the top-ranked team in Southern California, Rowlands has nine offers to date, primarily from the Pac-10, WAC and Mountain West, while hearing from others in those conferences.
"Since last week, I've pretty much heard from Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and Colorado," Rowlands said. "Nine schools have officially offered, like Oregon State, BYU, UTEP, Northwestern, Colorado State and Arizona." While he doesn't have a top five, UCLA is in the mix for his services. "I went to the UCLA game this last weekend with a couple of my teammates, (including top senior defensive back Antoine Cason), and I watched what the line did. I saw how they blocked and their schemes. That is what I was mainly paying attention to. A couple of guys from Los Al were playing so I watched them too."
Rowlands said he's hearing from a tag-team of UCLA coaches. "Coach (Mark) Weber talks with me, and so does Coach (Steve) Axman. I also talked with Coach (Gary) Bernardi because his son plays for Hart and we played them last weekend. If UCLA offered they would definitely jump to the top," said Rowlands.
In that Hart-Los Alamitos game, Rowlands played both offense and defense, something he wouldn't mind doing at the next level. "I'm not big enough to play offensive tackle in college, so I'll probably play guard or center. But I can also play on the defensive line, at end. I'll play anywhere up front," said Rowlands. "I've been player of the week the last two weeks, because I am doing a lot."
While he is dealing with a glut of phone calls, it hasn't been as bad as he envisioned it being. "I thought I would get tired of it, but it hasn't been too bad. Everyone is calling, but it has calmed down. I get a couple of calls every night from coaches, and from recruiting writers, but it is nothing overwhelming. I mean, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, so I am going to enjoy it a little."
Rowlands took unofficial trips to Oregon and Oregon State last month, and will take officials to Oregon State and Washington State this fall.
He also attended UCLA's Junior Day, as well as junior days at Arizona State and Oregon.
For now, though, Rowlands is trying to keep the Griffins on target for a repeat in the CIF Playoffs. "That game the other night was a fun game. Hart was outstanding, but we played real well. We know each week teams are bringing their best when they play us," said Rowlands.