Signing Day Spotlight: Vederian Lowe

Illinois' offensive line got bigger via the class of 2017, especially with the addition of in-state offensive tackle Vederian Lowe. Illini Inquirer's Jeremy Werner and Ryan Easterling take a closer look at what the Illini are getting in the Rockford (IL) Auburn lineman.

Ryan Easterling’s Scouting Report

Reminds me of: Former Saints & Bears offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod.  For a guy his size, Lowe moves surprisingly well.  He’s a big dude, who, when he’s locked in, plays with a real mean streak.  Losing a decent amount of weight before his senior season helped his mobility substantially, and if he can continue to improve his overall fitness, should be another key piece of the line in the future.

Bushrod has played both at tackle and guard in his career, which Lowe also has the potential to do, though we project him as a guard, especially with Alex Palczewski committed at tackle.   

 

First-year impact

Ideally, Lowe will have a year to redshirt to continue to add strength and tone up his massive body and to work on his technique. That said, Lowe has the size and potential to possibly crack the two-deep on a thin Illini offensive line depth chart.  - Jeremy Werner

 

Werner’s narrative

Lowe needs a lot of work on his body -- but the opposite of most Beckman-era recruits. Most Beckman-era offensive linemen came in skinny and needed multiple years to become Big Ten-ready. Lowe comes in with a Big Ten frame, he just needs to tone and strengthen it up. The Illini are bringing in much bigger mounds of clay on the front five -- like Lowe, Boyd and Darta Lee. Those prospects generally are less risky -- given that some skinnier prospects just can’t add the needed weight or they lose their athleticism once they add the weight -- and should help the Illini become a much more physical group off the ball.

 


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