USC eyeing another Arizona offensive lineman

Nick Rowland (6-4, 298, 5.2) from Centennial High in Peoria, AZ has quietly become one of the most sought after offensive tackles on the West Coast. He currently has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Colorado State and Wyoming.

Other than plans to attend the Phoenix Scout.com combine, Rowland doesn't have any plans to attend any camps of combines.

"I'm going to the Scout.com combine on May 23, but I really don't have any plans for the spring and summer, yet," said Rowland. "Besides that, nothing is set in stone."

Rowland did say he's seriously considering attending USC's Rising Stars Camp in June.

"I'm definitely going to try," said Rowland about attending USC's Rising Stars Camp.

While he's uncertain he'll attend or make an unofficial visit to Arizona, the Wildcats are a school Rowland has serious interest in, and just as every offensive line prospect Arizona has said, Coach Bill Bedenbaugh is one of the main reasons for Rowland's interest in the Wildcats.

"Yeah, I really like Coach (Bill) Bedenbaugh," said Rowland. "He's a really nice guy and he really seems like he knows what he's doing. We talk quite often, actually. He tries to give me as much information about the school as he can."

Rowland's parents are both ASU alums and he does like Erickson, his staff and the Sun Devil program, but Rowland claims that will have no bearing when he decides on a school.

""They really want me to decide this for myself and they don't want to influence me either way," said Rowland about his parents. "The fact that my parents went there will have no impact at all on what school I choose. I'm just going to look around and find the best overall fit for me."

Four other Pac-10 schools stand out for Rowland and he took an unofficial visit to two of them earlier this year.

"I visited Cal and Stanford the same weekend and really liked what I saw at both schools," said Rowland. "It's a lot different up there than it is in Arizona. Both campuses were very beautiful and it was great having an opportunity to see them practice."

Oregon and Washington two other Pac-10 schools Rowland has interest in.

"I'm very excited about the Oregon offer," Rowland said. "I have family in the area and I will definitely be giving the Oregon a serious look.

"Washington offensive line coach,(Dan) Cozetto, was just down here yesterday," said Rowland. "They offered me back in March and I definitely have interest."

A school that always seems to lurking in the background when it comes to recruiting in Arizona and school that has had previous success the past few years in signing some the state‘s top prospects, is USC. The Trojans haven't offered Rowland a scholarship, but it's still a school he says he has interest in.

"Oh, yeah, definitely," said Rowland when asked if USC was a school he had interest in. "I've talked quite a bit with Coach (Jethro) Franklin. As a matter of fact, he came to my school to watch me work out. They're a great school and they are a powerhouse over there. And who doesn't like to win football games?

Don't expect the recruiting process to come to an end anytime soon for Rowland. He's going to take his time, gather as much information about all of the schools he's interested in, then make a decision. Rowland said that decision will more than likely come later in the process after he's had an opportunity to take some official visits.


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