Rowe opted to with out the linebackers at the combine, and from a testing standpoint, made a wise decision, recording some of the best numbers on the day at that position.
His 4.60 forty was only .01 behind Allen Bradford's position-best 4.59, and Rowe's 37-inch vertical and 124-inch broad jump were the top marks for all ‘backers.
While he didn't do as well in the one-on-ones, Rowe attributed it to having not worked at linebacker for a while. "I decided to work with the linebackers and I was a little rusty, but I think I got more comfortable as the drills went on," said Rowe. "Some schools want me as a linebacker, and some want me as a safety, and since I played safety most of the year, I wanted to show I could play linebacker."
"Cal and UCLA are my top two. I really like Cal a lot right now and with DeSean (Jackson) going there, that makes a difference. But UCLA has a lot of Poly guys there and it's close to my family and I really like what Coach (Jon) Embree has to say," Rowe said.
Rowe attended both the Bears' and Bruins' Junior Days, saying both were great experiences and he had a hard time distinguishing the differences. He did say, though: "But I really liked the Cal campus. It's a good college environment."
As a junior, Rowe recorded 71 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception and 3 fumble recoveries while playing both linebacker and safety for the CIF Division I Champions.
One advantage that Rowe will have is his plan to graduate in January. "I'll be able to graduate in January with 30 extra credits," he said. "So I want to decide early that month, hopefully at the Army All-American Game, then enroll in time to do spring practice wherever I go."
He will take the SAT on June 4th.