Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast defensive end Seyvon Lowry made the call to UCF to let them know that he wanted to commit. The newest Knight talked about the reasons he opted for the in-state program.
"I committed for a couple of reasons," Lowry said. "One reason was because I was number one on their board as far as defensive positions. I feel like I have a better opportunity to start earlier. It is close to home. It is a good school as far as academic success. They have also moved up to the Big East, so they are in a better conference."
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Lowry has been in regular contact with an assistant on George O'Leary's staff.
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"I have been talking with Coach (Sean) Beckton," Lowry said. "I started talking to him last year. He was pretty excited and he stayed in contact with me the most. Every time he came up here, he made sure to check on me. He wasn't necessarily pressuring me to commit, but I could tell he was going to be excited if I did decide to commit. He loves the way I play. He is also kind of like a father figure to me too."
Lowry, who expects to line up at defensive end at the next level, is looking forward to playing for his position coach, defensive line coach Blaise Winter.
"I have been there before for their junior day and the one thing that really stood out was the defensive line coach," Lowry said. "He was really energetic and he just seemed like a cool person to be around.
"I liked the whole coaching staff, they all embraced me when I came down there." Lowry added.
In addition to Lowry, UCF recently added a commitment from his teammate, cornerback D.J. Killings. They may not be done at First Coast if Lowry has his way.
"Most of my teammates are already committed," Lowry said. "If they do decommit or someone does pick up on UCF, we will encourage them to come with us."
Lowry intends to visit UCF on June 23rd. He says he is firm to the Knights but hasn't ruled out taking other visits down the road.