For being a small town secluded between Waco and Abilene, Brownwood, Texas has produced its share of noteworthy residents, including none other than Bob Denver who played Gilligan and attended Brownwood High School. These days though, the community is known for its high school football and producing a lot of high Division I talent. The Freeman brothers, Colby (Texas A&M/Abilene Christian) and Kirby (Miami/Baylor), are Brownwood Lion alums, and the Class of 2009 boasts several Top 100 prospects.
One of those prospects is junior offensive lineman Stavion Lowe. Ranked No. 54 on the latest M&W/Aggie Websider 2009 Top 100, Lowe has a combination of quick footwork and strength that many college coaches are looking for in the recruiting game.
"My coach says I have good footwork, which is important because we throw the ball about 60% of the time," Lowe said. "I guess you could say I'm a little more comfortable in pass protection because we do it more, but I feel I'm a good drive blocker too and I like to finish off blocks and get my opponent to the ground."
Asked what he still needs to work on, the Lion's top blocker said he wants to continue to get better in all aspects of his game, and mentioned that a player must always be improving and getting better. Colleges have certainly taken notice of the junior standout and coincidentially the first formal offer came in yesterday.
"Auburn just offered me today," Lowe said Wednesday evening. "I'm new to all of this. It's come on fast. It's certainly interesting."
The Brownwood native has attended one junior day, which was the event at Texas A&M a couple of weeks ago. What did Lowe think of the Aggies and particular the new coaching staff?
"I like the enthusiasm of the new staff. Coach Sherman is a good coach. He has experience with a pro-style offense," Lowe said. "Coach Turner (OL coach) is a player's coach and he's down-to-Earth. What he teaches is similar to what we do at Brownwood and he knows what he's doing."
While Lowe left the first Texas A&M junior day without an offer, he felt the staff liked what they saw and the day ended on a good note. In fact, shortly afterward Coach Turner made the trip to Brownwood to see some of Lowe's film and stay in touch.
"Unfortunately, I was out with the flu when he stopped by the school," Lowe said.
Despite the missed opportunity, Lowe will get another chance to spend plenty of time with Coach Turner and the rest of the staff this coming weekend. Lowe and several of his Brownwood teammates are making the trip to College Station for the second Texas A&M junior day.
"I just want the opportunity to meet with the coaches again and get to know them. I'm coming down with my teammates Casey Pachall (QB- No. 59), Kenny Vaccaro (DB- No. 49), and Parker Taylor (WR)," Lowe said. "I want to catch the basketball game too and experience the Aggie fans and get a feel for the student body."
Lowe grew up following most of the in-state schools and the Big 12 but said he wasn't a fan of one school in particular.
"I followed Texas and Vince Young. There were several Brownwood players at A&M, so I followed the Aggies," Lowe said. "Really, I was just a fan of the Texas schools and the Big 12 in general."
At this point, Lowe lists no favorites and does not have any other junior days planned. He's already talking to his grandparents about potential summer camps to attend and thinking about a timetable to make his decision.
"It would be nice to decide before my senior season, but I guess I'll commit when the time comes and it feels right," Lowe said. "I was talking to my grandparents earlier about camps. I'm pretty sure I want to go to A&M's three-day lineman camp and I'll probably go to the Nike Camp. I'm still looking into others at this point."
In the meantime, he's set to attend the Aggies' second junior day with his teammates this weekend, hoping an offer will come his way.
Lowe receives first offer
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