O'Dowd Talks About UCLA Visit

Kristofer O'Dowd, one of the best few offensive line prospects in the country, took his official visit to UCLA last weekend, and the 6-4, 308-pounder from Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe, talked about his impressions of the UCLA/USC game, with both schools recruiting him...

Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe offensive lineman Kristofer O'Dowd (6-4.5, 308) is down to four schools, and after he visits hometown Arizona this coming weekend, he will be done with his official visits.

"I go to Arizona sometime Friday after school," said O'Dowd. "It's about three miles away, so it'll be easy to get there. After I get back, I'm going to lay low and I plan to announce next Thursday (the 14th) at my school."

This past weekend, O'Dowd was at UCLA for his third official visit, seeing the Bruins host rival USC at the Rose Bowl.

"Every visit I've taken has been fun, but this game was a little better because it was a rivalry game," said O'Dowd. "I had to stay neutral because I am looking at both schools, but it was awesome to see how the UCLA players reacted after they pulled it out."

O'Dowd is being recruited by UCLA running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Dino Babers, who is familiar with the Tucson area, having coached at Arizona previously.

"Coach Babers has been on me the whole time so I spent some time with him and (offensive line) Coach (Jim) Colletto," said O'Dowd. "Chris Joseph was my host and I also talked with Robert Chai and the quarterbacks. It was a good trip. UCLA is recruiting me as a center."

O'Dowd was in Los Angeles the week before, visiting USC when they hosted Notre Dame.

"There is a different mindset at each school, that's the best way to describe the differences," said O'Dowd. "They are both great programs and get along really well with the players and the coaches have been great to me at both schools."

He's also visited Tennessee earlier this year. The three schools he's visited plus Arizona comprise his final four schools but O'Dowd declined a leader. His visit to Arizona will allow him to have a good look at each of his final four schools, helping him with his college choice.

"I'm looking forward to announcing my decision," said O'Dowd. "My family has been real supportive of me. When I narrowed it down to six, I passed it by them and they were okay with the schools. This has kind of been my thing from the get-go and I've done it all by myself, but I definitely take their opinion."

The top-ranked center in the nation and a five-star prospect, O'Dowd has been playing on the offensive line for Salpointe, just not at center.

"It's an honor to be thought of that high because I don't play center yet, but I'll play that in college, so to be ranked that high is prestigious," said O'Dowd. "I'm proud of my accomplishments."

O'Dowd was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, an honor he was thrilled to receive and a game in which he is looking forward to playing in.

"I get out of school on the 22nd, so I'll stay in town and hang out with my family before heading down there for the game," said O'Dowd. "It will be a great opportunity for me to play with some of the great players."

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