June 15, 2009

Rowland updates status

Oregon was second in the nation in rushing last year and for all the talk about the backfield it's no secret that their terrific offensive line was a huge part of their success. Guys like Max Unger and Fenuki Tupou led the way last year, and Oregon's recruiting another player in that mold right now. Nick Rowland.

Rowland's a 6' 4", 295lb. guard with the skills to thrive in Oregon's offense. He can drive block, pass block, get out in space and clear the way, and he has the kind of high football I.Q. required to play early in his college career.

Rivals.com rates him as a four-star player out of Peoria, AZ, and the nation's 8th offensive guard nationally. "I don't have any favorites right now, but Oregon will likely get an official visit from me. I'm definitely considering them. I'm being recruited by Coach Greatwood. I like him a lot and he's obviously a really good coach," said Rowland.

And there's another reason for Rowland to put Oregon on his list. "I actually know quite a bit about them because I have a lot of family in the Medford and Eagle Point area. I've been watching the program for a while and I actually went to a Civil War game years ago at Autzen. Because of all that I think I have a good feel for the program."

Rowland said Chip Kelly's offense could be a good fit for him. "They run so much and I like the zone they run. It's fun to block in that scheme. We run the zone a lot in my high school offense. It's definitely a really good attacking offense. That's what makes it so fun to play in. I think I run and pass block equally well," said Rowland, "I'm a pretty good drive blocker. This summer I'm trying to get better at every facet of my game. Speed, strength, quickness. I'm working out five days a week and running 3-4 days a week as well. "

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