Long Beach (Calif.) City College freshman quarterback Jack Lowary had received plenty of recruiting interest from Division I schools, but finding that first offer proved to be elusive.
Until this week.
That’s when the University of Missouri extended Lowary a scholarship offer and the California native quickly accepted. On Thursday, the day after Signing Day, the quarterback signed on officially with the Tigers.
“I had a lot of schools come by and visit me,” Lowary told BlackandGoldIllustrated.com. “A lot of schools were very interested in me. I think a lot of schools, how it goes, no one wants to be the first one to pull the trigger on a guy. A lot of schools always said they liked me but the first question was who offered you.
“So I had schools like Syracuse, Eastern Michigan, Purdue and schools like that came out. Iowa State was a good one and also Indiana. They all really liked me, but that was always the issue. No one wanted to be the first one to offer.”
The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, who started for just one season at Mater Dei High School, got that first offer, officially, on Thursday. Lowary, who will have four years to complete three years of eligibility with the Tigers, said he will be on campus on Saturday and will start taking classes on Monday.
Lowary said the recruiting process with Missouri took “less than a week” from when the school first expressed interest, to tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley coming to visit him, to signing on.
The opportunity, he said, was too good to pass up.
“I didn’t wait at all and jumped at it,” Lowary said.
So now the California kid is getting ready to move to Missouri and compete in the prestigious Southeastern Conference.
“A dream come true,” Lowary said. “It’s the biggest place to play football, in the SEC. I’m excited for the opportunity to just get a new experience. California’s a lot different than Missouri but I think I’m definitely up for the challenge.”
Lowary, who threw for 3,306 yards and 28 touchdowns with 13 interceptions in 12 games as a freshman at Long Beach last fall, is already familiar with at least one of his future Mizzou teammates.
Lowary grew up not far from and has played against Saddleback (Calif.) Community College wide receiver Dominic Collins, who signed with the Tigers on Wednesday.
“He was actually very impressive,” Lowary said. “He went to high school about 20 minutes South of me. He was a grade above me. I remember seeing him at passing-league tournaments and I used to always think this kid is legit. He was a dude out there, but I’d always think I can’t believe no one offered. His high school wasn’t the biggest football school, so when they would go play like Mater Dei or schools like mine, he would always do really well against ours, so that was impressive.”
Lowary said he’s never met or talked to Collins but he’s looking forward to it. They should have plenty of time to get to know each other soon enough when both get to campus.
As for Lowary, he’ll become the third Missouri quarterback on scholarship this spring, joining Drew Lock and Marvin Zanders. The Tigers recently dismissed Maty Mauk from the team and Eddie Printz decided to transfer, which left Mizzou thin on quarterbacks and led them to pursue adding another for the spring.
Lowary finally received that elusive first scholarship offer and now he’s looking to make the most of it with the Tigers.