Antwan Lowery is rated as the 8th best defensive tackle for the class of 2009. One of the top defensive tackle prospects in the state of Florida, Lowery finished his junior season with 75 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and three sacks. He benches 305-pounds, squats 395 and has a 29-inch vertical jump. Those measurables, combined with the standout junior season Antwan had, has led to him being one of the most heavily recruited players so far this year.
"I am up to 22 offers now, so recruiting is going pretty well. I am kind of surprised by it, but I knew the hard work I put in would pay off for me. Schools like Miami, USC, Rutgers, USF, Florida State and Florida are recruiting me pretty hard. I've visited Miami, Florida and Rutgers (his brother, Antonio, plays there) so those schools stand out some right now. USF and Clemson are schools I like, and Florida State is there above some of the schools I am considering."
The 6'3" 325 pound tackle has the ability to play both sides of the ball, but the majority of the schools are looking at him as defensive lineman. Lowery wants to play on that side of the ball, and he feels his ability to move sideline to sideline will help him make the transition to the next level.
"Every school except for Auburn is looking at me as a defensive lineman. I want to play defense in college because I think that is where I fit best. The way I move sideline to sideline is what makes me standout and I think it is a strong part of my game. I'd like to get to the quarterback more so I am going to be working on my pass rushing abilities this summer."
Florida State is a program that has started to look at Lowery as a guy who could be a future contributor to the team. Antwan has spoken to two defensive coaches at FSU and likes what he hears from them so far.
"I am interested in Florida State because they're a good program. Coach Amato is my recruiting coach so I have spoken to him on a few occasions, and I have spoken to Coach Haggins too. He was telling me how he puts guys into the NFL and how he teaches his guys to succeed. With FSU I have a chance to come in and play as a freshman, and that is something that I like. I am planning on visiting there this summer for an unofficial visit, and if I like it I'll plan an official for the fall."
There are two other in-state programs that Lowery has his eyes on. One is the local team in the Hurricanes, and the other is a school that just offered him recently in South Florida. He told NoleDigest that right now these schools have caught his attention in what they're doing.
"Miami is rebuilding and trying to get their name back. They're getting back to what they used to be and they're keeping the local kids home. USF offered me last week. They had a really good season last year and they are going to continue to get better. I have to say I like what both are doing right now."
Antwan is planning on attending some camps this summer. He only knows of one school he'll camp at, and he has another school on his mind that he'd like to check out. The camps and visits this summer will all help Lowery as he plans on making his decision in January.
"The only camp I know about right now is Rutgers. We go there every year and my coach usually takes 3 or 4 of us. I also may go to Miami or Florida for camp, and I'd like to see Clemson and find out what they're all about."
"I want to be able to see new places, but I want to also be able to come home if needed, so location will play a little bit of a role. The school itself, its coaches and the people around it will play a big part too. I plan on making my decision at the UnderArmour All-American game. I chose to play in that game because it is closer to home and my family will be able to come see me play."
Lowery wants to major in criminal justice and he wants to get on the field as soon as possible. He says the school that matches these factors will be the best fit for him in the end. Right now the Seminoles are a team that is a legitimate factor for him, but he is looking to learn more on his visit. After then we should learn just how much of a player the Noles will be in Lowery's recruitment. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Antwan and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.