Brownwood Lions senior offensive tackle Stavion Lowe will have the opportunity to showcase his skills against the nation’s elite when he competes in the 2009 Under Armour All-American High School Football Game on Sunday, Jan. 4.
The game, which will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on ESPN, will take place at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
Lowe (6-6, 294 lbs.), an LSU verbal commit, opted to compete in the Under Armour game despite also receiving an invitation to the play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio the same weekend.
“It’s a great honor to get selected to play in either the U.S. Army game or the Under Armour game,” Lowe said. “I decided to play in the Under Armour game before the season started. I got an invitation before we started two-a-days. I’m just proud I get to represent my community and I’m going to try and do my best.”
Having played at the Alamodome in the Lions’ 35-24 season-opening victory over Burnet, selecting the Under Armour All-American High School Football Game provides Lowe a chance to travel to an area he’s never visited.
“I’ve never been out there and I look forward to going somewhere new and getting the chance to play with some of the top players in the nation,” Lowe said. “I’ve never been to Disney World, so I get a chance to check it out, too. I’m going to go out there and have fun and try and show everybody my best. It’s another opportunity to solidify my high school career and show everybody where I come from.”
Lowe is one of 66 recruits ranked in the Scouts, Inc. Top 150 that will take part in the game. Overall, 82 players will suit up for the Black and White teams. Lowe is ranked No. 28 overall and No. 4 at his position of offensive tackle. The game will also feature 51 of the top 100 players, 30 of the top 50, eight of the top 10 and four of the top five, based on the Scouts, Inc. recruiting rankings.
“It’s going to be tough competition no doubt,” Lowe said. “I’m going to have my work cut out for me.”
Lowe is currently rehabbing a knee injury that cost him a significant portion of his senior season. Though he played in just 6 1/2 games, Lowe earned honorable mention all-state status from the Associated Press, and was a first-team 2-3A all-district choice after tallying 12 pancake blocks and allowing just one sack.
“I’ve been recovering from the injury and I’ve been rehabbing and trying to get back on my feet,” Lowe said. “I think I’m about 80-85 percent and I’m getting my mobility back. I’m just trying to get myself prepared so I can have a good showing.”
Lowe is one of 13 players from Texas high schools competing in the game. The others are Cedar Hill offensive guard Thomas Ashcraft (Texas); Houston Saint Puis X kicker Anthony Fera (Penn State); Lake Travis quarterback Garrett Gilbert (Texas); Houston Clear Lake kicker Dustin Hopkins (Florida State); Lake Travis offensive tackle Paden Kelley (Texas); Aldine Eisenhower safety Craig Loston (LSU); Houston North Shore tight end Barrett Matthews (Texas); Klein Oak tight end Jordan Najvar (Stanford); Cypress Ridge quarterback Russell Shepard (LSU); Wolfforth Frenship offensive guard Mason Walters (Texas); Dallas Skyline cornerback Steve Williams (Cal); and New Braunfels outside linebacker Tom Wort (Oklahoma).
LSU-bound Lowe and Loston are members of the White roster, while future Tigers Shepard and defensive linemen Joshua Downs of Bastrop, La. are on the Black team.
“I’ve met most of them, but we’re kind of scattered around,” said Lowe of his future LSU teammates. “We’re split on two teams, unlike the UT players. Every UT player is on the same team, which is kind of a coincidence. But I’ve met a lot of the guys that are going to be there already, and this is a chance for us to get together and make an impact.”
The head coach for the White team will be Marv Levy, who led the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Lowe is looking forward to learning from Levy, if only for a few days.
“It’s a great opportunity to learn from one of the greatest,” Lowe said. “I’m going to try and take everything I can and apply it to my game to make me a better player. It’s going to be a good experience, a good learning tool and I’m going to maximize every opportunity I have to get better.”