Update on Antonio Lowery

At 6-foot-2 and 210-pounds Antonio Lowery of Christopher Columbus HS (Miami, FL) is one of the top linebacker prospects in the state of Florida. With over 20 scholarship offers in hand, Lowery started right where he left off after his impressive junior season and has helped lead his squad to a 3-0 record so far.

Last year Antonio Lowery made the All-State Honorable mention team after recording 54 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 touchdown and 2 forced fumbles. This year, the highly regarded linebacker prospect out of Christopher Columbus HS (Miami, FL) has continued his torrid pace and has helped his team get off to a 3-0 start.

"We're doing really well right now. We faced the state champions early on and we beat them. We've got Miami Beach next week," stated Lowery.

Lowery's recruitment got off to a quick start as the offers began to pour in as early as this past spring. Rutgers was one of the first schools to step in and tender an offer to the 6-foot-2 prospect. At this time, Lowery has somewhere around two dozen scholarship offers, including Rutgers, South Carolina, Georgia, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, North Carolina State, Boston College, Syracuse, Minnesota, and West Virginia.

Tennessee was the first school to call Lowery once the calling period got underway. One of the schools that was on Lowery from day one was Rutgers. Inviting him to the Rutgers camp earlier this summer, the south Florida standout had a good opportunity to see the school, facilities and surroundings first hand. Has Lowery had a chance to keep in touch with Rutgers?

"Oh yeah, I talk to Coach Demo all the time," stated Lowery. "Coach Demo is just a funny guy. What I like about him is that if you do something wrong he'll be straight up with you and tell you."

Although Lowery has not yet narrowed his list down to a Final 5 or so, there are certain schools he knows he is fully interested in.

"Rutgers is one of the schools that I'm seriously considering," stated Lowery.

What other programs have been hot and heavy after the Christopher Columbus star?

"South Carolina has been recruiting me very hard. They want me to start as a Freshman. The Head Coach Steve Spurrier called me and I really liked that."

Another top flight program that has shown strong interest in Lowery is Tennessee.

"The fans there, there's like 110,000 every game and it's just crazy," stated Lowery, sounding truly impressed at the support that Vols fans show for their team.

Lowery indicated that he does not intend to make a decidion on his collegiate destination until near or on signing day.

However, Lowery did state that Rutgers is among the short list of schools that may receive one of his five allotted official visits. And for Rutgers fans, that visit, after the end of the high school season, may bring with it two additional prospects.

"Actually, all three of us may come," stated Lowery.

The trio includes friends Tim Brown and Bryan Wright, both of Northwestern HS in Miami. "I've been trying to call him [Tim] but he's difficult to reach. It's like he's the president or something," stated a half-jokingly Lowery.

"I'm going to talk to him and Bryan after we play on October 7th and then we might decide to take our visits [to Rutgers] at the same time."

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