2014 recruit: Vincent Lowe

Grassfield (Chesapeake, VA) running back Vincent Lowe had a huge day at the Nike Football Training Camp in Washington, D.C. last month. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about his recent offer from East Carolina.

Vincent Lowe, RB, 5-7, 178 lbs, Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, Virginia

Interview transcript

Which coach contacted you with your offer? How'd it go down?

"(Associate Head) Coach John Wiley came to my school and asked me what I thought about the offer they gave me," Lowe said. "I really had no idea they had offered me, so he told me and I was surprised. He said that ECU was a great place to be and I believed him. He asked if I'd come visit."

Living in Virginia, what do you know about ECU?

"I know of a couple of kids from my district that are going there. I've heard a lot of good things about ECU, but I'm a do-it-myself kind of guy. I'd like to go for a visit and check it out."

So when do you plan on making your way out to ECU?"

"I don't know exactly when," Lowe said. "I have so much going on with my schedule. I run track and we have states coming up so I'll be staying busy. I am going to take my time and not rush into things. Coach told me to get with my parents and decide on a date that works for me."

What schools have been talking to you? Do you think more offers are on the way?

"I got two offers yesterday which was Towson and ECU which felt great. I feel like I'm close to getting offers from Temple, Cincinnati and Maryland. I get a lot of mail from all of them, it comes in clusters."

Talk about the in-state schools versus out-of-state? Which are you leaning toward?

"I'm really big on staying close to home," Lowe said. "A lot of guys want to go away from home, but that's not me, I get home-sick easy. I want a place where my parents can come to almost every game they have watched me since I was little and I want that to continue. ECU is only two hours or so away so it's definitely a possibility."

Some coaches have concerns about your size at 5'7, 178 pounds. Talk about that.

"It gives me motivation to go harder," Lowe said. I've always been a small guy so I don't necessarily listen to people about my height. I've never seen it as a disadvantage; I just go out there and try to ball-out and help my team."

You ran a 4.2 40-yard dash time at multiple college camps. The last running back to run a 4.2 at ECU is in the NFL now, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson. Talk about that speed you have.

"I get it from my parents they are both fast. I pride myself in my work ethic, but at the same time I feel blessed. People have told me they don't believe it at first until they see me in run in person. The fastest I've run with a laser was 4.32 seconds and the fastest hand timed was 4.22. I can consistently run at 4.28 and was running 4.3 as a freshman, so I knew I could build on that."

FOX Sports Next ranked you as the top back at the Nike Football Training Combine in Washington. How do you feel you did?

"It was a great camp and there were a lot of the top athletes out there," Lowe said. "I'm a smaller guy and I'm not the biggest recruit. So I went there and didn't have the hype on me and took advantage of that. I did best in the blocking drills which shocked a lot of people I also had some good grabs and made some linebackers miss out of the backfield. I played receiver when I was little and when I didn't get bigger they moved me to running back."

What has been your most memorable moment in high school football?

"Probably when we played Hickory, I was running the ball on one side and got hit. I tip-toed the sideline, reversed field and pitched the ball to a teammate. He took it to the house; it was an awesome play to be a part of."

When do you think you'll commit?

"I plan on committing sometime around the end of summer or in the middle," Lowe said. "I don't think I'll end up early enrolling, but I want to know where I'm going sooner rather than later. It'll help to have my mind clear, and if I get injured I'll know where I'm going once I get healthy."

Final thoughts

Vincent Lowe is a small running back who plays with a chip on his shoulder and has game-changing speed. He averages 4.28 seconds in the 40-yard dash, speed that may reminds me of former ECU running back Chris Johnson. Lowe's speed and football IQ should help him pick up more offers before his senior season. Right now he has offers from Hampton, James Madison, Old Dominion Towson and now ECU. He agreed to let me know when he makes his visit to Greenville.


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