Linebacker racking up offers

Last year two linebackers from the sunshine state that went relatively unnoticed until late were Eric Houston (Coral Reef HS) and Darryl Sharpton (Coral Gables HS). Both South Florida linebackers eventually signed with the University of Miami this past February. This year there is another Dade County linebacker that has quietly gone under the radar and that is Columbus High School's Antonio Lowery.

At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds Antonio Lowery won't go unnoticed for long. He has the frame to add another 20-25 pounds and not lose any of his speed and quickness. Last year Lowery made the All-State Honorable mention team. He finished with 54 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 touchdown and 2 forced fumbles. In the weight room he benches over 250 pounds and squats close to 400 pounds. Not only did Lowery excel on the gridiron but he also made an impact on the hardwood. He averaged a double-double in basketball and was the Columbus basketball team's best post player. had the chance to catch up with Lowery at his school. He spoke about his top schools.

"I like UM (Miami), Tennessee, Rutgers and UF (Florida). Those are the schools that have shown the most interest."

What is Lowery looking for in a college?

"I want to go to a school with a nice campus, a good environment where the players are like family and they have a good graduation rate?"

What does Lowery feel is his strength on the football field?

"My tackling, I have good technique." If there is a part of his game he would like to improve … "I want to improve my speed. If I can improve that part of my game it would really help me out."

Even this early in the recruiting game, certain prospects have particular preferences, such as selecting a school that is somewhat closer to home. That does not seem to be the case with Lowery.

"Not at all, I will go where I feel most comfortable and if that is far away from home its fine with me," Lowery said.

Lowery will attend the Rutgers Camp in South Florida and has already attended the camp in Tampa. In addition, Lowery may make the trip up north to the Garden State later on during this upcoming summer for the Rutgers Summer Camp held on the university's campus.

"My coach works the Rutgers camp in New Jersey and he told me how nice it was last year. I will try and make it up there this summer with him."

At this time Lowery claims offers from Miami, Tennessee, Rutgers, Florida, Ball State and Florida International.

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