NJ DT Lowery Talks Terps Again

New Jersey defensive tackle target Jarel Lowery has only been on campus for Maryland's Junior Day, but that was all he needed to put the Terps atop his list.

The 6-foot-2, 292-pounder currently holds only Maryland's offer but has been hearing from a handful of high-major programs including Syracuse, Rutgers, Miami and more. "My coach told me a couple of schools were going to offer," he said.

Though he does not have a date set in stone, Lowery said that one school leads all others.

"Maryland," Lowery said without hesitation. "[Getting an offer from Maryland] meant a lot. I could tell they were very interested. They jumped on me earlier than other schools," Lowery said.

Lowery said that even though Maryland has already offered, they are still pursuing him the hardest of any other school, alongside in-conference foe Wake Forest. "[Maryland coaches] text me every day. I talk to him once in a while on the phone if I have any questions," he said.

The Paterson Catholic product runs a 4.84 40-yard dash and bench presses up to 295 pounds. After an impressive junior year in which he gathered 50 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles, it's no wonder why the Terps are after him.

He does not have his summer schedule set up yet, but Lowery will be missing Maryland's camp this Friday as he is going away on vacation. "I plan on visiting there when I get off vacation," he added.

One factor that may positively affect the Terps standing with the defensive tackle is his relationship with the staff. "They make me feel right at home, and I'm very cool with the coaches there," he said.

On his Junior Day visit, Lowery said that he was able to see the football facilities but not much of campus as it was snowing. "I learned a lot more about them and how they help their athletes with academics [on my visit]," he said.

Academics appear to be a priority with the rising senior, who in interviews has expressed an interest in pursuing a degree in business. Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business regularly ranks among the be
st public business schools in the nation.

Lowery is one of several Maryland targets on his high school team, however he is the only one from his high school to earn an offer. Maryland is also actively recruiting running back Fidel Cooper and wide receiver Tiquan Tucker as well as offensive lineman Joseph Thompson. With several statewide pipelines in place, it appears that the staff is attempting to form a pipeline with the northern New Jersey school.

In the upcoming season, Lowery will work on "staying lower and building up my strength," he said. He compares his game to that of former NFL Pro Bowler Warren Sapp.

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