If you watch Antwan Lowery's films, he is a player who plays with a lot of intensity and passion. He makes plays both down the line of scrimmage and down field. His speed and quickness is uncommon in a 6'4"-300lbs player. This is why program such as Rutgers, Miami, Florida, USC, Auburn, Indiana, Central Florida, Ole Miss, North Carolina State and Syracuse have already extended an early scholarship offer to the standout DT.
There are many other schools calling FedEx to get their offer added to those of the above schools. Although Lowery will welcome any additional offers, he has already started to develop a list of his favorites. Those programs, in no particular order, are Rutgers, Miami, Florida and North Carolina State. It is early in the recruiting process and Lowery is in no hurry to make a decision. As he stated, "I will not make a decision until I take all of my visits". According to Lowery, all of his top 4 schools will receive an official visit.
The lucky school who obtains Lowery's services must have the following three qualities. The program needs to be academically focused. As Lowery stated, "education is the most important thing in my life. I am looking for a school with a good student to teacher ratio and a place where the teachers can help the students". He is planning on majoring in Business Administration.
The program's recent and past history will also be a factor particularly how many titles they have won, can the program get him to the next level and how many NFL players they have produced. As Lowery states, "I am not trying to go to a school that had one winning year and died off. They must have some winning ways".
Finally, he wants to go to a program where he can make an early impact. For Lowery, he is planning on playing as a true freshman. "I am planning to come to a school and show them that I can play hard and can play early".
Lowery's top 4 schools meet some, if not all, of his stated criteria. Miami was a childhood favorite and a place where he has been rumored to be a virtual lock on attending. However, Lowery has the following to say "they are not a lock but they are definitely a possibility because I grew up liking them. I have offers from many other schools that I liked growing up". Beside the Hurricanes matching all of his criteria, he likes the intensity of their practices. As he states, "it is very much like the practice at my high school. It would not be a change for me".
The Florida Gators are another school high on Lowery's list. The tradition is a big factor along with their recent national championship. Adding to the Gators appeal is the fact that the coaches are down to earth, it is in his home state and it is a great school academically and athletically.
One of the schools in his top 4 outside of the state of Florida is Rutgers. For Lowery, the fact that his brother plays for the New Jersey based school looms large. As Lowery stated, "my brother playing there is a big time influence. I look up to my brother. He is where I get my intensity for the game. It would be great to have him show me the ropes and learn the surroundings from him. But in the same breath, I might not want to be in my brother's shadow. The fact that my brother plays for Rutgers is a positive". Although Lowery has not yet been to the school, he has gotten great reports from his brother who stated to him that the atmosphere is great and the people are down to earth. On April 19th, Lowery will get his first feel for the Rutgers atmosphere as he will attend the Scarlet Knight's Spring Game.
Rounding out his top 4 is North Carolina State. The Wolf pack were the first program to offer. As he stated, "they have toughness. There academics are good. I have family in North Carolina so it would not be a big transition for me. I will have a chance to make an impact to help that team win."
In the summer, Lowery intends on matching up his skills against some of the
best players in the country as he will attend camps at Rutgers and Auburn along
with the Nike and Scout combines. StateOfRutgers.com will be there to report
his progress every step of the way.