Lowry Talks About Decision

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Matt Lowry’s first trip to the University of Virginia came last November, when he made an unofficial visit for the Virginia Tech game. The experience made a lasting impression and led to his eventual commitment this past weekend.

“I liked Virginia from the first time I went there,” Lowry said. “It was Thanksgiving for the game against Virginia Tech. I loved it down there. I really liked the coaches and I love how the team was. The football field was awesome and the campus had a real nice layout. I have been to other colleges since then, and I always found myself comparing them to Virginia. Virginia’s a place I know I could call home in a couple of years.”

Lowry made unofficial visits to Maryland, Syracuse, and Notre Dame as well. He had an official offer on the table from Syracuse and was receiving heavy interest from several Big Ten powers including Penn State, Iowa, Michigan, and Michigan State.

Before heading down for the Spring game this past Saturday, Lowry was thinking seriously about making a commitment. He decided to follow through and gave his verbal commitment to primary recruiter Bob Price following the game.

“I had a feeling I wanted to do it before I went down there,” Lowry said. “The Spring game was great. This time I had a chance to speak to a former player about the school. I spoke to [current New Orleans Saints quarterback] Aaron Brooks, and he told me why he went there and about his experience. After the game I told Coach Price I wanted to commit.”

The 6-6, 315 pound Lowry plays offensive tackle for Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pennsylvania. Besides his obvious size, he believes his strengths are his footwork and his intensity.

“UVa recruited me as an offensive lineman,” Lowry said. “I play offensive tackle, and I think that’s where I might play in college. My strengths are that I have good footwork and I can be very intense in games.”

Cardinal O’Hara Head Coach Dan Algeo says Lowry “is a dominant run blocker. He’s got pretty good feet for a big kid. The one thing he needs to improve on his is pass blocking, but he will get better there. One thing he does really well is that he pulls very well.”

A two-sport athlete, Lowry plays first base in baseball as well. He is practicing in the Shot-Put this Spring and may participate in varsity track-and-field. An excellent student, he carries a 3.1 grade point average and scored an 1,190