Recruiting baffles even the the most seasoned recruiting analysts sometimes. We see prospects who blow up overnight it seems and on the other hand we see prospects who are definite college level players who can't seem to grab that elusive first offer. One prospect who fits the latter and is flying well under the radar is 2012 cornerback Josh Rowland of Wren High School.
Rowland went out and did everything he could this season to impress college coaches and even transferred from AAA Greer to AAAA Wren to play on an even higher level. He went out and did what he does best and simply made plays for his new team. Although they lost a heartbreaker to Easley on a late field goal Rowland put together a senior season to remember.
We caught up with Rowland recently and although he was disappointed that his high school career is over he talked about the joy it brought to him despite the heartbreaking loss.
"I was very satisfied with my senior season. I was able to show my abilities this year as a total defensive back as a run safety and cover saftey. I think this year has made me even a better player with the opportunities that the Wren coaches gave me and the only wish I have is that we could of went all the way to state."
The battle against Easley in the AAAA playoffs also provided Rowland what he felt was his best performance of the season.
"I would have to say the last game of the season against Easley was my best game. On special teams I had a long kickoff return to start the game and I recorded on defense 6 first hits and 10 assists. I also had 2 interceptions and one was a 38 yard return for a touchdown. It was the first time Easley threw an interception all year and I had two picks in that game."
Schools have been recruiting Rowland all season and he talked at length about where things stand currently.
"I have already taken visits to Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian in the past month and I'm still hearing a lot from Tennessee and Charleston Southern. Memphis and Georgia Tech has showed a lot of interest the past few weeks and I'm planning on going to Georgia Tech next week for an unofficial visit for the Georgia Tech-Georgia game."
Out of all those schools Rowland told us Coastal Carolina, Presbyterian, and Tennessee are chasing him the hardest but also that Georgia Tech has really started stepping up their efforts in the past couple of weeks.
What's puzzling is that Rowland has no offers yet. His numbers were outstanding again this season as he had 81 tackles (35 solo and 46 assists), 8 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns, 1 fumble recovery, and 2 blocked punts. Pair that with the fact that he holds a 3.78 GPA in the classroom and a 1290 on the SAT. Rowland says he plans on taking the SAT again soon.
His efforts have landed him various awards this season as well.
"I was Mozzereli's defensive player of the week for the Boiling Springs game and Zaxby's player of the week for back to back weeks of the J.L. Mann and Greenwood games."
Rowland is hopeful that his highlight tape which SCPrepNation.com will have soon will help bolster a lot of those parties interested into some offers.
"I haven't gotten any offers yet and it's hard to tell if somebody may be close to offering me but I feel like Charleston Southern is. I feel like when one school does offer me a lot of the others will too."