Offers Piling Up For Lowery

You can't but cheer for a kid that loves his grandma as much as he loves football. Even better, is the fact he's one of the more talented kids in his class and has already garnered enough interest from the countries finest institutions to be proclaimed as a South 100 candidate.

Perhaps one of the most talented kids in his class at linebacker, Miami (Fla.) native Antonio Lowery has one stipulation if you are going to recruit him -

"I wouldn't mind going out of state," Lowery said. "But schools are going to have to understand that I will need to go back home and see my grandma whenever. Getting back home to see her is going to be an important part of my decision. If I have to go back and see her, I need to know how they are going to make that happen for me."

"If I did leave, the place better remind me of home, though," Lowery added.

The 6-foot-1, 210 pound linebacker helped lead a very stingy Columbus defense last season that gave up just seven points per game last season. He finished the year with 51 tackles, two interceptions, and five caused turnovers. He also averaged 10 points and 11 boards in basketball.

"I have no favorites right now," Lowery said. "I got a new offer today from Rutgers. I've also got offers from Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, N.C. State, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Minnesota, Syracuse, Ole Miss, Ball State and FIU. The University of Miami (Fla.) Canes have said they are close to offering, too."

Although he could grow into a defensive end, despite his lack of size, Lowery says most schools are recruiting him at outside linebacker.

"After the season, I'm going to sit down with my uncle, George Williams (2004 Men's U.S. Olympic track team head coach), and my grandma and try to weigh my options," he said. "My uncle knows which colleges are talking bull and which are for real. He understands the tricks and he's gonna help me make my decision, so I pick the best school for me."

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