|Michael Lowe Jr. was an All-League performer last season for Glendora High, but this year he's anticipated to have an expanded role for both the Tartans offense and defense this fall (photo contributed).|
Michael Lowe Jr. only saw three games of action at cornerback for Glendora High School in 2014-15, but that limited playing experience helped turn him into an under-the-radar national recruit.
Lowe, who lined up at wide receiver early in the season, showed his adaptability to play spoiler against wideouts on the opposite side of the football, as he broke up three passes and snatched two interceptions in the three games he played.
He went on to earn All-Palomares League Honorable Mention honors and now, colleges have taken notice of the versatile Lowe.
The incoming Class of 2016 prospect said he’s taken recruiting trips across California and took tours to universities in Colorado and New Mexico. Lowe said that some mid-major programs have taken an interest in him.
“Colorado State and Western New Mexico this year have shown interest,” Lowe said. “Colorado State was great. The coaches are really on you about becoming a better player. With Western New Mexico, the coaches made me feel like I was on the team.”
Those coaches aren’t the only ones who’ve examined Lowe’s academics, athleticism, and versatility. One PAC-12 university in the Bay Area has also had a social period with Lowe.
“At Cal-Berkeley, the coaches and players are great role models,” Lowe said. “They’ve taught me a lot about playing both offense and defense.”
Lowe hasn’t received his first official scholarship pledge yet. He’s on a prep football team with a future USC quarterback behind center: Matt Fink, who verbally committed to the Trojans in May 2015.
Lowe will be one of the most experienced wide receivers coming back to Fink and Glendora this fall. He said Fink has offered him encouragement as Lowe waits to receive his first pledge.
“He’s told me to keep working in the weight room, get stronger and my time will come,” Lowe said.
Last season, Lowe hauled in 12 catches for 101 receiving yards. During the offseason, Lowe was influenced to improve his routes, angle pursuits, hands and big-play capability as he latched on with Team TNT during the club 7-on-7 season.
|Lowe makes a crucial reception while out-jumping his defender during the summer 7-on-7 season (photo contributed).|
While wearing a dri-fit shirt, shorts and cleats, Lowe showed his breakaway ability; as he sliced through the middle and got open consistently on the field. Once the pads and helmet come back on, Lowe said his team expects him and the rest of the Tartans to embrace their role.
“We’re expected to know the pass/run terminology and always give 100%,” Lowe said. “If we don’t, we’re still expected to better ourselves.”
With that comes these long term individual goals Lowe has set for himself this season as he expects to have an expanded role:
“My goals are to get stronger and faster, score 15 touchdowns, gain 300 yards receiving, get six interceptions, force three fumbles and ultimately win a championship,” Lowe said.