Recruit Profile: OL Kris O'Dowd

USC has had solid offensive lines the past four years, and there shouldn't be any dropoff in 2006, but bringing in four or five solid offensive linemen in its 2007 recruiting class is certain to be a priority to avoid any potential future problems.

Last season Pete Carroll and his staff recruited some of the finest offensive line talent in the country, but came up short with their out-of-state targets and signed only one road-grader, Zack Heberer from Palos Verde.

This year will be no different with the Trojans targeting a number of out-of-state linemen. Josh Oglesby, James Wilson, Anthony Davis have been offered, and Lee Ziemba and Kris O'Dowd have received interest from USC.

O'Dowd (6-5, 302) from Tucson (Salpointe Catholic) talked with Pete Carroll and USC offensive line coach, Pat Ruel, about a month ago. During their conversation, O'Dowd was able to get a general feel about the school and football program.

"I've only had a great opportunity to talk with them once, but through our conversation they seemed like really outgoing guys," O'Dowd said. "I know the academics are great, the tradition is unbelievable--and their program and coaches are pretty legit.

"I know they lost a senior and two juniors to the NFL. I also heard they lost a lot of senior linemen, but I'm not sure--I do know they lost three starters to the NFL."

O'Dowd was invited to USC's April 2 Junior Day and a June Rising Seniors Camp. He said he's firm on attending the Junior Day and might attend the June camp.

"I know I'm going to USC's Junior day and might also go to the USC Camp--if I need to," O'Dowd said.

He'll also attend the Los Angeles Scout.com All-American Combine at Citrus College May 7.

O'Dowd is no rookie when it comes to camps and combines.

"Last summer I went to Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State's football camps, and got to see their campuses, facilities and what not," O'Dowd said. "I also went to a Nike Camp and the (Scout.com) All-American Combine in Waco, TX."

When asked if he played any other sports, O'Dowd replied, "I play football and my second sport is the weight-room. "I work out five times a week and if I have nothing to do, I'll go work out early on a Saturday. I've added about 20 pounds of muscle this winter."

While it's a priority to protect Salpointe quarterback Max Fritz, O'Dowd said he enjoys run blocking most.

"I'm pretty well-rounded in pass-pro and run blocking," O'Dowd said. "But I'm sure any offensive lineman would tell you he prefers run blocking because you get to hit somebody."

O'Dowd said USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Nevada, Texas Tech, Oregon State are schools he's looking at, but he doesn't have a favorite.

"I don't necessarily have top schools right now," O'Dowd said. "I'm just treading the waters right now, but I have a medium high interest in USC."

Scout.com will provide an update after O'Dowd's visit to USC.


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