What O'Dowd doesn't have yet is a clear leader, or even a real distinct top five to seven schools. "That's what I'm hoping to do next week, get it down to five. It will be five that I have offers from. Someone else could come in and offer, and then it could change," O'Dowd said.
"I'm planning to take an unofficial visit to USC and to UCLA when I'm out there for the USC Rising Senior Camp," said O'Dowd. "I was out there a couple of weeks ago and got to meet with Coach Ruel (USC) and Coach Colletto (UCLA). We got to sit down and talk and when I go back out, I'm going to have some questions for them so we can talk more."
Boston College is a school that could be on the verge of offering O'Dowd, and the interest he has in them shows he's serious about playing anywhere in the country. "If I'm willing to go to Massachusetts to play, I'm going to go anywhere," said O'Dowd.
However, the hometown Wildcats are presenting a good option and the locals are hoping he stays in-state. O'Dowd said, "The pressure to stay, it's out there. People, when they talk to me, they drop hints. Even the head of my school, he's telling me to go to Arizona. It's coming from everywhere. But really, it's not that bad. My parents are totally supportive of whatever I do."
O'Dowd was at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles earlier this month, and was arguably the best overall offensive lineman at the event. He was matched by only his fellow Arizona native, defensive end Everson Griffen, as the top linemen present.
O'Dowd said he really enjoyed his match-ups against Griffen. "I didn't even know he was going to be there. We're pretty good friends, so when I walked in the door and saw him, it was great. We had fun going against each other. The combine was great. I love the competition and it was really well put together," said O'Dowd.
So would Griffen and O'Dowd be considered a package deal? "We've discussed it, but it's crazy how opinions can change when one school recruits you or another one doesn't. I don't know that it will be a package deal. But it would be cool to play with him," said O'Dowd.
With 17 offers, and likely more to come, O'Dowd said he wants to begin the process of narrowing it down because he'd like to commit somewhere before September. "Some guys, they have 30 offers, and if you know your core schools, it doesn't make sense to just collect offers. I was psyched when I had three offers. It's flattering, but I'm ready to start narrowing it down," said O'Dowd. "The whole process has been enjoyable, but I'm ready to start playing football again."
Aside from the USC camp, O'Dowd will be at the Arizona OL Camp, which he and his teammates do as a group.
O'Dowd is in fine shape academically, carrying a 3.3 GPA and scoring a 1410 on the SAT.