December 12, 2008

Vols To Get Visit From Elite DT

Antwan Lowery recently got a visit from Tennessee assistant coach Stan Drayton, and now the Vols apparently will get a return engagement from Lowery.

The 6-foot-4, 335-pound four-star defensive end from Miami's Columbus High School told VolQuest.com on Thursday that he expects to visit Tennessee next month.

"Right now, I'm kind of down to making my decision kind of soon," said Lowery, the No. 33 defensive tackle in the country according to Rivals.com. "The next month I'm kind of taking visits to see what schools fit me best.

"I talked to Coach (Drayton) and told him I was going to come up for a visit."

While Lowery already has visited Rutgers, where his brother, Antonio Lowery is finishing his sophomore season, he doesn't declare a leader. Instead the powerful but agile defensive force will visit Florida, Florida State and Tennessee, he said. Lowery took an unofficial visit to the Gators-Seminoles showdown late last month.

Early playing time will be a considerable factor in Lowery's decision, and that's where Drayton's message hit home. The Vols will lose at least senior defensive tackles Demonte Bolden and Walter Fisher; it's possible they could lose junior Dan Williams, UT's most consistent interior player this season.

"Yeah, it is," Lowery said when asked if early playing could be a selling point. "He (Drayton) just told me basically that he needs some guys to come in and fill in because seniors are leaving and he said I could come in and play next year for them."

Lowery has loosely followed the Vols' recent coaching change from afar. He said Drayton spoke highly of new head coach Lane Kiffin, who was introduced as Tennessee's coach on Dec. 1. Lowery also has heard plenty about Kiffin's father, fabled NFL defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin of the Tampa Bay Bucs.

"I mean, I've checked his father out and he's coached quite a few guys in the NFL like Warren Sapp, he's been there quite a bit of time and I understand what he's all about," said Lowery, who had roughly three sacks and at least 15 tackles for loss this season. "It would be a good thing for (Tennessee)."

But ultimately, it's about comfort and opportunity for Lowery.

"Wherever I can get a chance to play ball at early," he said.

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