Initially, UCF was not Jacksonville First Coast Defensive end Seyvon Lowry’s first choice.
Lowry, who committed to the Knights a week ago (May 29), said he certainly thought highly of the program, but he did not think he would end up at UCF.
It wasn’t until he recently found out that he and First Coast defensive back D.J. Killings were atop UCF’s recruiting board that the Orlando school really started to stand out.
“That kind of opened us up,” Lowry said. “… I was No. 1 on their board, so their main target was me. So I can have a better chance of starting or competing for the starting job as a freshman.”
Lowry (6-3, 230) — ranked as a 3-star defensive end by 247Sports.com — also picked the Knights because of the school’s proximity to Jacksonville and his overall comfort level with the program. Killings committed to UCF just two days days before Lowry (May 27).
“We plan on going to the same college,” Lowry said of Killings. “UCF honestly wasn’t our first pick, but it was definitely in our top five. Me and him thought about it the same time, but he just committed first. That made me more comfortable.”
Wide receivers coach Sean Beckton was UCF’s primary recruiting contact for Lowry.
“I’ve been talking with them since last June when they first started talking to me,” Lowry said. “I look up to Coach Beckton, my recruiting coach, and when I went, they were treating me like I was part of the program.”
Lowry visited UCF in March during the team’s junior-day event. It was at that time that UCF started to become a realistic contender for Lowry, who also holds scholarship offers from FIU, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Cincinnati.
“I like the city and I like all they have to offer as far as the theme parks. Everybody likes to come to Orlando. It’s nice down there,” Lowry said. “But when I went to the actual school, it was a huge campus. I almost got lost.”
With the intention to graduate from high school early and enroll at UCF in January so he can take part in spring practice, Lowry will spend most of his summer taking online classes. He does plan on visiting both UCF and Floridathis month.
Other schools continue to recruit Lowry since his commitment. While he is listening, Lowry said he is happy with his choice.
“As far as being recruited, I’m somewhat open, but I’m not desperately looking for another college,” he said.
Lowry and Killings were part of stellar six days of recruiting for UCF last week. The Knights also landed commitments from Bradenton Manatee linebacker/defensive end Blake Keller (June 2) and Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson quarterback Justin Holman (May 29).
UCF has seven pledges in its 2013 recruiting class.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun