Offers are beginning to explode for Miami (Fla.) Columbus defensive tackle Antwan Lowery. The Rivals100 prospect is up to 17 scholarships including powers in the ACC, Big East, Big 12, SEC and Pac-10.
"I have 17 offers right now," he said. "One of my latest offers came last week from Southern Cal. That was the biggest offer I've gotten, because they are one of the best known.
"They came to see me in school and talked to my coach. They told him they love my style of play, explosiveness, footwork and wanted to offer me a full scholarship. I was very impressed and happy. It shows all my hardwork pays offer."
Lowery holds offers from numerous other schools including Miami, Michigan, Florida, LSU, Rutgers, NC State, Clemson, Purdue, Indiana, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Auburn.
Does the Rivals100 prospect favor anybody?
"I grew up watching Miami," he said. "They are my team and I like their style of play, that caught my attention. I do like Florida, Rutgers and USC too.
"Those are all top-notch programs that can make me better."
Lowery discussed those colleges a bit more.
"It's the atmosphere at Miami," he said. "Being around there, the coaching staff is phenomenal. I felt it when I went and met the coaches. I instantly clicked with them.
"As for Rutgers, my brother goes there and that's pretty big. I'm my own person, but I've watched him my whole life.
"With Florida, the program is tremendous. They won a national championship and are in the SEC. They have speed there and go hard every play."
Lowery mentioned what he is looking for in a school as well.
"First off, academics are important, I want to go into criminal justice," he stated. "I also want to see how I can make an impact on the team as a freshman or sophomore. I want to help the team and contribute any way I can.
"Being in front of my family and playing in my hometown is something I take pride in. I could travel or stay home."
Lowery's coach Chris Merritt went on to discuss his star talent.
"He is as explosive as all get out for a kid his size," he said. "He's had a problem maintaining it, but if he got himself down to 290-pounds that would help his endurance out.
"He just manhandles kids and can move sideline to sideline. He can change direction and moves tremendously. He is going to be sick."
Last season the Florida tackle posted 75 tackles, 15 for loss, three sacks and one forced fumble.