POSITION: Offensive Guard
WEIGHT: 281 pounds
HOMETOWN: Blue Springs, Missouri
HIGH SCHOOL: Blue Springs
247 COMPOSITE SCORE: .8452
NATIONAL RANKING: 1224
POSITION RANKING: 61
STATE RANKING: 27
OTHER OFFERS: Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota, Rice
Rowley committed back in March, Pat Fitzgerald’s sixth overall commitment and first offensive lineman commitment in the class of 2019.
At 6-foot-3 and 281 lbs, Rowley is not a hog up front that’s going to plug up defensive lineman. He’s more athletic than other offensive lineman, and that comes with being a bit smaller. Rivals has him rated as a three-star recruit, and Rowley said he was recruited as an interior offensive lineman. His tape shows that he’s not afraid to lay out or maul a defensive lineman, and he even plunges up the gut for a big man touchdown. The First Team All-State recruit joins a slew of Kansas City-area talent to commit to Northwestern’s 2019 class.
Offensive line coach Adam Cushing, the man who helped recruit Rowley, will not be with the program next year after taking the head job at Eastern Illinois. That being said, Pat Fitzgerald called all of his offensive line recruits the day of the announcement to break the news and hear their thoughts, according to WildcatReport. The ‘Cats will be losing a decent part of their starting offensive line as they say goodbye to seniors Tommy Doles, J.B. Butler and Blake Hance, so Rowley will have a chance to put himself high up on the depth chart somewhat quickly. Especially with the unpredictable nature of the injury bug that hit Northwestern’s O-line last year, Rowley could see playing time if he bulks up a little bit. He told The Examiner he might redshirt, but the new redshirting rules allow him to play four games, so he could see some game action next fall if coaches deem him ready.