Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA) rising senior Mario Rowson is on the board in terms of Division 1A scholarship offers. The 6-3, 185-pound cornerback/wide receiver scored an offer from an ACC program yesterday and is hoping for more as the summer continues.
“Maryland just offered me [yesterday], as a matter of fact,” said Rowson, a first-team all-Eastern district selection in 2008. “I was very excited because it is my first one. I camped there. [Yesterday] they called my coach and asked him to tell me to give them a call. I did and they told me I had an offer. I called and told my mom right away.”
In addition to Maryland, Rowson is also receiving interest from North Carolina, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He is currently at Penn State with teammates attending a team camp. He’ll be in Blacksburg on July 11th for Tech’s next senior camp and hopes to earn an offer there as well.
“I’ve talked to Curt Newsome,” Rowson said. “He said he liked me and he wanted to show off my skills to the defensive backs coach. He told me to bring tape and said if I play hard I should be all right.”
As a junior last season, Rowson tallied about 30 tackles and had two interceptions from the cornerback spot. He also plays wide receiver for head coach Hank Sawyer, but for now most college coaches project him as a corner. Penn State, though, is recruiting him as a receiver.
“Coaches like my length and my speed,” Rowson said. “Coach Floyd and Coach Sawyer have helped me a lot. When I got moved up to varsity they worked on my footwork. I started over seniors last year.”
Rowson remains open to all offers, but Maryland being the first to offer may give an edge to the Terps.
“I am still open, but Maryland was the first one to offer. They offered me before anyone else,” Rowson said.
More with Rowson…
What position is Virginia Tech recruiting you to play?
“Cornerback,” Rowson said.
What would an offer from Virginia Tech mean to you?
“I’d want to be closer to home because of my mom, so that would be good,” Rowson said. “But Maryland is also close to home.”
When do you want to commit?
“Probably by the end of summer,” Rowson said.