February 9, 2009

Rowland's offer list is growing

Colorado State has started its 2010 recruiting season up front - with the offensive line. One of the four known Colorado State scholarship offers has gone to Peoria (Az.) Centennial guard Nick Rowland. The Rams aren't the only one in on the Arizona big man - he also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, Cal and Colorado. Rowland added on Monday that he also believes UCLA to be close to an offer.

Rowland is the 6-foot-4, 296-pound anchor of the Centennial High School offensive line that paved the way to the school's third straight state title.

"Our offense was extremely explosive," Rowland said. "We had some guys who could score a touchdown any time they touched the ball and we are only losing two guys on offensive and nine returners."

Off-the-field, Rowland is a tremendous student with a 3.8 grade point average as well as a coach for one of the Peoria Special Olympic football teams.

"Coach Tabor, our head coach, gave us the opportunity (to coach special olympians) and me and another offensive linemen fell in love with it. I like getting to help others out that are less fortunate than myself," Rowland said. "My game is a real good technique and real aggressive. I am pretty balanced. I think I can run block and pass block pretty well."

Right now Rowland is enjoying the process and trying to figure out what he is looking for in a school. He said he has had too many coaches to remember come to visit him at school. he said he is considering either criminal justice or business marketing as a major. He added he said he also just looking for a feeling of comfort in whatever school he will visit.

"I just want a place that I feel comfortable," Rowland said. "I need to feel comfortable with the coaches, the players and just the whole city."

"I haven't gotten to the research yet," he said when asked his thoughts on Colorado State and Colorado. "One of my best friends - both of his parents went to Colorado State and they talk real highly about it. I don't really know a lot about Colorado yet."

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