Cards keep in touch with sleeper QB prospect

6-3, 205 pound Billy Lowe is the quarterback of the No. 1 ranked high school team in America - the Lakeland (FL) Dreadnaughts. Despite his teams success, Lowe remains under the radar of college scouts. Still, he currently holds three scholarship offers and stays in weekly contact with the Louisville coaching staff.

Billy Lowe is the quarterback of Lakeland (FL), the No. 1 ranked high school team in the nation that has won 27 consecutive games.

Lowe has enjoyed a great senior season, completing 60 percent of his passes for 1,100 yards, 12 touchdowns and only one interception. Even more impressive, Lowe has rarely seen action in the second half of a game this season.

And even though his team has ripped through the competition in the football crazed state of Florida this year, Lowe has flown under the radar of many recruiters and analysts.

That's probably because he is a first-year starter after waiting his turn behind All-America quarterback Chris Griffin. Lowe played linebacker for the Dreadnaughts last season, helping the Lakeland powerhouse to the Class 5A state title.

Tough and strong, Lowe has an accurate arm and the speed (4.5 forty) to hurt defenses on the ground. Think of a bigger, stronger version of former Louisville quarterback Stefan LeFors, now a backup for the Carolina Panthers.

"I've run a 4.5 forty and I thik I'm a dual-threat quarterback," Lowe said. "I think I run the ball well."

Lowe has offers from Middle Tennessee State, Florida International and Florida Atlantic. Iowa is taking a strong a look, and Louisville keeps in touch on a weekly basis.

"I guess they'd have to be my leader," Lowe said of the Hawkeyes.

Lowe attended Louisville's quarterback camp last summer, and Cardinals assistant Tony Levine has kept in touch with the 6-3, 205-pound left-hander.

"They are in touch about once a week," Lowe's father said of the Louisville coaching staff. "They are interested, but I'm not sure what direction they are going to go."

"They told me they had offered three other quarterbacks and if none of those committed they would offer me," Lowe said. "I really don't like that I'm their second choice and that has moved them down my list. But I wish they would offer. I told my dad I would have committed if they had offered."

Lowe has a tentative visit scheduled to MTSU on Jan. 6. He's currently working on setting up a visit to Iowa and said he'd probably take a visit to Florida Atlantic.

For now, though, Lowe remains focused on leading his team to another Florida state title.


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