Alfred Rowe chooses the Black and Orange
LINEBACKER U has a new member. Oregon State received its third known verbal commitment this Wednesday, when Long Beach, Calif., OLB prospect Alfred Rowe called up coach Mike Riley and told him he wanted to be a Beaver. BeaverFootball.com talks with the three star prospect and newest member of the Oregon State family.
A little over a week ago, Alfred Rowe (6-0, 190) thought he'd probably wait until during his senior season, or after it had come to a close, before making his college choice. But after thinking further on the matter, he said the choice was clear and there just wasn't a need to wait any longer. He called Beavers coach Mike Riley on Wednesday to give him the news.
"I committed to Oregon State," said Rowe. "It was Wednesday I talked to coach Riley. I kind of fooled him a little bit. I told him, 'I want to be the first to tell you. Thank you for the opportunity. I wanted to be the first to tell you before you heard it from anyone else.' And he said, 'Okay. What's up?' And then I told him 'I'm coming into Oregon State.'
Riley's reaction was immediate.
"He said, 'Oh! That's great! That's great!' And then after that, he was just really excited," said Rowe.
Rowe said he's known for a while that Oregon State was the place for him, but said he was waiting for an okay from an ESPN show.
"It was going to happen the whole time, but I was waiting for clearance on a TV show I'm going to be on," said Rowe. "So we got clearance from them and we just went ahead and did it. Its called "Full Ride", it's coming on in August."
"They really didn't want any commitments or whatever, and then they finally said it's okay now because they were done doing the show and were just waiting for it to air, so I just went ahead and did it."
EVERYTHING ABOUT the program at Oregon State appealed to Rowe.
"The coaching staff is No. 1," he said. "And I just really liked the city of Corvallis. I like it out there."
Rowe received his offer when he visited Oregon State in June where, and said he plans to head up to Corvallis again sometime this fall. Rowe said the Beavers recruited him as an outside linebacker.
ROWE CHOSE OREGON STATE over interest from USC, Miami, Cal, Arizona and others. The Beavs were the first school to offer with others telling him they wanted to wait until a few games into his senior season before making a determination. However, he said last week he felt the Trojans could be close.
"I think USC might be getting close (to offering), maybe after they get back from vacation," said Rowe at the time.
THIS SUMMER, Rowe's been hitting the weights and running drills with his Poly teammates in preparation of the upcoming season, which includes a tilt in the state of Washington with Bellevue High at Qwest Field on September 16.
Academically, Rowe's already achieved a qualifying test score on the SAT and plans on an early graduation in January -- he would be eligible to come in early and participate in spring ball, although he said Beaver coaches have told him there's plenty of time to decide on that and to think about enjoying high school for now.
As a junior, Rowe recorded 71 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception and 3 fumble recoveries while playing both linebacker and safety for Poly.
Rowe becomes the third known verbal to Oregon State, joining OL Ryan Pohl and ATH Casey Kjos.
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