Lowe Still Evaluating Options

In mid-June, Plant City (FL) linebacker Duran Lowe made a "soft commitment" to Wake Forest. Although he committed to the Wake Forest coaches, he kept open the possibility that he could wind up playing his college football in the state of Florida.

"I've been talking to [Wake Forest's] Coach Russ and we're still at the same place with a soft commitment," Duran Lowe said Tuesday evening. "I'm still standing there. I'm thinking about staying in Florida and going to school there with a bright future in-state but if I have to out of state it would definitely be Wake right now. I want to play in Florida but it just depends. I will know around the end of the year."

"It's Florida, my home state," Lowe continued. "I've got to represent them. I'm hearing from Florida a lot and I talk to the safety coach there and they like me a lot. I got a real look from Florida Atlantic. They're sending mail and Florida State. USF and Central Michigan have offered with Central Michigan offering at the camp in Gainesville [at the University of Florida.] USF is still in my mind too but they haven't been talking to me as much lately."

Still, Wake Forest could wind up his ultimate destination even with more interest from local schools if he falls in love with the campus. "I have never visited Wake Forest so if I was like ‘Oh my God, this is where I want to be,' I'd go there. I want to experience what it's like. I've been up that way but never visited the school. If I visited the environment, that could help them."

While local schools continue to evaluate the talented 5'11, 216-pound prospect, Lowe will continue to attend camps and workout to prepare for his senior season. I'm doing Friday Night Lights soon at [the University of] Florida and that's about it for camps. I think USF was having a 7-on-7 that our team is heading to and I'm just trying to get bigger and faster. We're doing a lot of conditioning and getting bigger, mainly just cut. I've been working on my hips along with that."

All of this work is in an effort to not only catch the eye of college coaches, but also work towards a double digit win total for Plant City High School this season. Along with Kenney Adams, Brian Goodman, Denzel Drone, Clint Sterns, Eddie Rosanbong, and Travis Volick, Lowe is expected to provide senior leadership to help Plant City to a successful 2008 season.

"All of us together, I think we can have a 10 win season," Lowe said. "We got a new coaching staff so we've got to get used to it as they're doing a new thing or two. It seems like we're working more as a unit and we're working together as one. We're going to have a pretty successful season."

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