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All-SES OL Rowan Returning To The Fortius Project

One of the state’s best all-around offensive linemen is making a return to the Fortius Project camp series in 2018. Nicolas Rowan was named to the all-combine team at the final Fortius stop of 2017.

That day Rowan showed unmatched strength and technique among offensive linemen, impressing a group of peers, Fortius staffers and Southwest Mississippi community college coaches alike. Months before the start of his junior season, he was the strongest competitor on the field. Furthermore, he showed the athletic versatility and smarts to play inside or outside on the offensive line.

“The camp was well-organized by your staff,” Rowan told SES Mississippi. “I had fun and learned a lot of new techniques. I even made a few new friends during the camp.”

On the field this past season MRA took a step back, falling in the second round of the playoffs. However, Rowan emerged as a dominant player in the trenches. As a junior he was named to the Belk Ford All-SES first team offense.

“The one area I improved most is my techniques with my hands and feet,” He explained. “This is the most important skill set, because I was able to control my man on the line of scrimmage and take on linebackers and defensive backs.”

Though Rowan has already been recognized as a Fortius standout as well as for his play on Friday nights, he is taking nothing for granted in his upcoming opportunity to compete against fellow top lineman.

“I don’t have any expectations, but I will demonstrate my skills and techniques. I am training every day to accomplish my goals,” Rowan said.

“With the hard work I’m putting in, I see unlimited possibilities.”

Rowan has scheduled to make his 2018 Fortius Project debut on February 24th at the Itawamba community college stop. He does have a few expectations for his first look see at the Indians program and campus.

“ICC is nationally ranked every year. They have produced a lot of athletes to play at the next level. It is indeed a great program,” He noted. “I’m very excited to meet the coaching staff. I believe I will learn a lot from their offensive line coach.”

ICC coaches will almost certainly be thrilled to see Rowan on their campus, as well. In addition to being one of Mississippi’s brightest stars on the offensive line, he is also one of the most experienced returning for the 2018 season. He has been contributing heavily since his freshman season at Ridgeland, where he saw starting action for most of the year. He’s been a starter for MRA the previous two seasons, even playing alongside LSU signee Saahdiq Charles in 2016.

“I gained a lot of experience my freshman year, so I was more mentally prepared. Basically my freshman year laid the foundation for my high school career,” Rowan said.

“My first five games as a freshman were against 6A schools. Those games challenged me physically and mentally. It forced me to grow up fast and hold my own.”

With Rowan’s early varsity playing time in mind, it’s no surprise underclassman participation was something that stuck out to him last year at Fortius. The camps are open to all rising middle school footballers to rising seniors, and even seniors that have yet to sign a scholarship

“I appreciate that you guys provided opportunities for the underclassmen and graduating seniors,” He stated.

On February 24th, Rowan will compete against plenty of athletes trying to seize the same opportunities he’s taken advantage of. But that doesn’t mean the rising senior isn’t just as hungry. Rowan works as hard as any other player in the state, and this offseason he plays to kick that up a notch.

“To get better in all areas, work on my skills and techniques, and train harder,” Rowan answered when asked what his offseason goals are.

You can sign up to compete against Rowan, as well as many other top players, at any of the scheduled Fortius Project camps by going to

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