UW extends offer to Rowland

Washington has been evaluating and offering players at a brisk pace the past few weeks and the latest to get an offer from the Husky coaching staff is Centennial (Peoria, Az.) OL Nick Rowland. The talented offensive line prospect has several offers to his name, but he said the Huskies intrigue him because of his relationship with offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto.

"Oh for sure, he's a big reason why I like them now," Rowland told Dawgman.com on Wednesday. "I mean, Washington is in the Pac 10, so that is intriguing, but my relationship with (Cozzetto) is why I like them a lot.

"He was the first coach to offer me when he was with Arizona State and I've known him the longest of any of the coaches recruiting me. I feel like I have a real close relationship with him."

Washington got in the game relatively late considering all his early offers, but he said that won't hurt them in the long run.

"I'm open to everyone right now, I don't really have any favorites at this point, so everyone still has a shot," Rowland said. "Coach Cozzetto called me and said Washington wanted to offer me and that I should have it soon.

"He said they liked my feet and my aggressiveness and how I handled myself on the field. I will look at them like I look at every other school."

Besides his offer from the Huskies, Rowland claims offers from Arizona State, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford and Colorado State.

"I actually visited Cal and Stanford last weekend and it was really great up there," Rowland said. "It was a great time there just seeing the schools and the programs up close and getting to meet with the coaches."

Rowland said he is unsure if he will go to any camps or combines at this point and he said he'd like to get out and visit some of his top schools during spring practices, but he hadn't set any visits up at this point.

"I'm not real sure what I'm going to do, that's something me and my parents have to sit down and work out," Rowland said. "I know that I want to take my time and take all my visits before I make a decision.

"Obviously plans can change, but at this point that's what I plan to do."

Rowland mentioned that he is being recruited by all the schools who have offered as an interior player, but he said he could play anywhere along the line.

We'll have more from Rowland down the line as recruiting picks up during the spring evaluation period.

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