Lowery: Terps are the Leader
With impressive showings at two recent combines, Paterson, N.J., (Paterson Catholic) defensive tackle Jarel Lowery may be on the verge of some big-time offers. But as it stands right now, the one school that has offered could be the school to beat for his services.
Lowery, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound converted tight-end, holds an offer from Maryland, but is getting interest from some of the premier programs around the country.
"Many schools are talking like they're about to offer me," he said. "Like Florida, Minnesota, Tennessee, Connecticut, Georgia and a couple others."
Maryland was first on the scene with Lowery and defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazzo paid a visit to Paterson on Tuesday to meet again with the defensive tackle.
"They're graduating many of their top defensive line and if I do come to Maryland there's a chance I could get in the rotation as a freshman," Lowery said.
Maryland is just three hours from Lowery's home in New Jersey, but it wouldn't even take that long for some of his family to see him play. Lowery said he has a godmother that lives in Randallstown and cousins that live in Baltimore. The opportunity to play in front of his family members might be an important factor in his decision.
"A couple of my family members said they'd like to see my play at Maryland," he said. "I have family all down in that part so it's close enough so everybody can come see me play. And they say it's a good academic school also."
Lowery last visited Maryland in February for a Junior Day and it left a favorable impression on him.
"I like everything when I visited up there," he said. "I like the school, I like the academics, and the whole atmosphere.
Right about now, they're the leader."
In mid-April, Lowery participated in the Scout.com New Jersey Combine and was named to the All-Combine team as a defensive tackle. Recruiting analyst Bob Lichtenfels described Lowery as a "prototype defensive tackle" and said the athleticism he showed at tight end two years ago was not lost with the position switch.
On Tuesday, Lowery participated in the Elite College Combine, which featured some of the top players on the east coast. He said he did well but time restraints kept him from a particular one-on-one match-up.
"The one that I wanted to go up against was Art Forst, but I didn't get the chance to go against him," he said.
Forst, an offensive tackle from Manasquan, N.J., also has a Maryland offer and is considered one of the top linemen in the Northeast.
Among the schools recruiting Lowery, Florida, Miami, LSU and Clemson are the ones he would like to hear more from.
Lowery said he is looking to make a decision either during the season or right after, depending on what visits he takes. There is one visit, though, that he knows he'll be making.
I'll definitely make it down to Maryland again," he said. "I know that."
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