Lowery checking out Cats this weekend

White County High (Ga.) safety Ashely Lowery will be checking out an SEC campus this weekend. The Kentucky Wildcats will host him on an unofficial visit.

White County High (Ga.) safety Ashely Lowery will be checking out an SEC campus this weekend. The Kentucky Wildcats will host him on an unofficial visit.

Kentucky has nearly filled up its rides for the 2011 class. But there are a few openings available. One opening is for a safety prospect. Even more intriguing is a safety prospect who could wind up playing linebacker because of his versatility.

"Schools have mainly been recruiting me as a safety," said Lowery. "But when I'm going up to the schools, they are looking at me and saying I could play linebacker too," said the 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete. "I feel like I'm a pretty strong player. I fight hard every play. I do my job and I help the other guys do theirs," he said.

For White County, Lowery plays corner and running back. As a corner he had "60 to 70 tackles" and two interceptions, though the ball was rarely thrown in his direction. Offensively, Lowery rushed for 905 yards on 109 carries as a junior.

"I think I did some really good things last season. I have to be more vocal and over come adversity better," he said. "I want to be more vocal and I want to have a better attitude," continued Lowery.

Several schools have inquired about Lowery and he currently holds eight scholarship offers. "I probably hear most from Vanderbilt and Tennessee. I talk to Kentucky a lot now. I still talk with Illinois," he said. Lowery's offers are from Kentucky, Illinois, UAB, Navy, Air Force, Western Carolina and Eastern Kentucky.

With the Wildcats in the picture, Lowery has now decided to take a visit before making his final decision. "I think (Kentucky's) a great school. They did some good things last year and beat some of the tougher teams in the SEC," he said. "I was in Athens when they beat Georgia. I think it's a great program. I'm going up this week to take a look at the facilities and see how I like it," he said.

Lowery plans to make his decision soon after that UK visit. "I'm looking to make my decision sometime after that trip," he said.

So what will Lowery be looking for at UK and at other institutions?

"The academic side is important. When I graduate from there, I need to know if I can get a job doing anything I want or maybe open my own business. The knowledge that I leave with fro that school is important where ever I decide to go," he finished.


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