Poly Safety Has Two Favorites

The standout safety from Long Beach Poly, Alfred Rowe, has done a few camps and combines this spring, and visited a couple of schools, and there are two Pac-10 programs that currently top his list...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly linebacker/safety Alfred Rowe (6-0, 190) was another standout at last weekend's Los Angeles Scout.com Combine.

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."

Rowe holds one scholarship offer, from Oregon State, with his top five consisting of the Beavers, California, UCLA, Miami and Ole Miss.

"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.

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