Lowry Felt Connected To NU

Rockford Boylan (IL) defensive end Dean Lowry was picking up interest from all across the midwest, but Northwestern continued to stand out. After thinking it over, Lowry realized he couldn't pass up Northwestern. Now, he's a 'Cat.

Lowry (6-5, 230) held offers from Northwestern, Ball State, Illinois State, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Toledo, and Western Michigan. On Tuesday, he chose to become a Wildcat.

"I felt that the whole value of the Northwestern education was hard to pass up," said Dean Lowry. "I know all the coaches and have a connection with all those guys. I feel with the combination of the athletics and academics, it was hard to pass up."

Lowry said his decision came to either the Iowa Hawkeyes or the Wildcats. In the end, he just felt connected with Northwestern.

"They were the first major school to offer me," Lowry said. "I felt a little more of a connection with them. I know Coach Fitz and I feel like his program his heading in the right direction."

Northwestern—also known as Chicago's Big Ten team—offers a short drive to the Windy City, which Lowry said was a huge plus in making his decision.

When he made it official on Tuesday morning, Lowry made his rounds of phone calls to make his verbal commitment official.

"It was really exciting," Lowry said. "I know Fitz was excited. I talked to Coach Long and Coach Bates and they were all really excited. I told all the other coaches out of respect."

Now, Lowry—now finished with his junior year of school—can relax and enjoy his summer with one few thing to be stressed about. He has made his commitment official.

"Having coaches and recruiting guys calling—it can be stressful," he said. "I can just relax, enjoy my summer, and not worry about it."

The commitment is also a relief in that Lowry has his future planned out. The standout defensive end knows that most juniors are still embarking in the stressful college search. Having it all taken care of is a relief.

"It's kind of good to know that with everyone looking where to go to college, I got my situation settled," Lowry said. "It kind of feels nice."

The only thing that's left for Lowry to do is go to Northwestern and load up on Wildcat purple gear, so he can officially represent the Wildcats.

"I'm going to Evanston in the next couple weeks and buying some purple and represent Northwestern proudly."

Lowry is the fifth commit of the Wildcats' 2012 recruiting class—joining Malin Jones and Joseph Jones as in-state commits. 5607247

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