Antwan Lowery, the 6-foot-3, 325-pound four-star defensive tackle from Columbus High School in Miami, Fla., has 21 scholarship offers from schools coast-to-coast.
Lowery, Scout.com's No. 8 defensive tackle, now favors Miami slightly over Florida, Florida State, USC, Rutgers and Michigan.
"I grew up liking Miami," Lowery said. "I love all the history there and the greatness that came from UM. I also like their style and I like how coach Randy Shannon is rebuilding the program. He's getting all the local talent to stay in-state and go to Miami. I think he'll be able to get them back on top."
The 'Canes are only 15 minutes from Lowery's home. "It might be a small factor," he said about the distance. "But I'm starting to visit some other schools and thinking about getting away from home more and more."
One such out of state school that Lowery plans to visit is USC. "I've never been to California, but I'm very excited about getting out there for a visit," Lowery said. "The vibe I get from the coaches is great and they all seem great. I love how the program is always on top. For the last five or six years they've been ranked as like the number one or two team. They produce some of the best talent every year."
The school that is recruiting Lowery the hardest is Florida. "They are definitely recruiting me the most," he said. "I get like handwritten letters from them four times a week. They keep my updated on the football team and anything happening with the school.
"It's a really great place," he said. "I really enjoy the people there and the crowd at the Swamp is amazing. They have a really good program overall and I went to their spring game and they seem pretty loaded. They were very good and they should definitely be in the face for a national championship."
Florida State is also strongly in the mix. "It'll be interesting to see how they do next year," he said. "Coach Bobby Bowden is a great coach and a legend. They always seem to have great athletes, but lately have had trouble putting it together."
Lowery emphasizes that the rivalry between the in-state schools is something he enjoys. "I grew up watching Miami, but I've always like Florida and Florida State too," he admitted. "I like the rivalry between them and it would be fun to be a part of it."
He plans to attend summer camps at Miami and Rutgers. His brother, Antonio Lowery is a sophomore linebacker for the Scarlet Knights. "I like Rutgers," Lowery said. "I had a lot of fun there when I visited them. It's a nice place and I like how they fight hard and are still up-and-coming. My brother being there helps a little bit. He really likes it there and he's been a big help to me. He's always giving me advice and I learned a lot from him."
Lowery says he may make his decision at the Army All-America game on January 3. "I've been invited to play in that game and I'm leaning towards making my decision there," he said. "That's probably what I'll do.
"I want to get along with all the coaches and just feel at home wherever I choose," he said.
Lowery finished his junior season with 75 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and three sacks. He benches 305-pounds, squats 395 and has a 29-inch vertical jump.
"I'm very strong and pretty quick for my size," he said. "I move good sideline-to-sideline and I'm a run stopper.
"I want to get more sacks and am working hard on improving my pass rush," he said. "I want to shed o-linemen better and use my hands more."
He reports a 2.7 core GPA and is taking the SAT on June 7. Lowery says he wants to major in criminal justice.