Lowry Picks the Nittany Lions

<P>The Penn State program starts to build momentum heading into signing day. Last night, the Nittany Lions added an offensive lineman to their class of 2006. Matt Lowry had previously committed to Virginia but had a change of heart.

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Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O’ Hara offensive lineman Matt Lowry, 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, had committed to Virginia earlier in the year. A late push by Penn State and an official visit to Happy Valley last weekend swayed the youngster enough to change his mind.

“I called Coach [Ron] Vanderlinden last night and told him, I’d like to accept his offer to become a Penn State Nittany Lion,” Lowry said. “They didn’t offer me, but told me if I want to come there I could, and the offer would be there.”

Virginia coaches called Lowry today at school, and he informed them of his decision.

“The trip to Penn State changed my mind,” Lowry said. “I didn’t realize how good of an academic school that Penn State was. When I was given a tour and talking to them I realized it was right for me.”

Lowry follows recruiting via the Internet and he is impressed with the class that Penn State is bringing in.

“They have two of the top players in the nation with [Derrick] Williams and [Justin] King,” Lowry said. “Anything can happen in football, but I don’t think it’s out of the question that we can turn this around as early as next year.”

Lowry has the size and frame to play offensive tackle, and enough bend and strength to play the interior, so where will he play at Penn State?

“Wherever they need me,” Lowry said.

What does Lowry consider to be his strengths?

“I think I am a good run-blocker, I have good feet, and Coach Vanderlinden said I bend well,” Lowry said.

Any areas for that need improvement?

“I think I need to improve a lot, my strength needs to increase, and I need to get quicker off the ball.

Lowry is the second offensive lineman to verbally commit to the Nittany Lions.


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