B.J. Lowery might end up being another one of those needle-in-the-haystack recruiting stories for which Iowa has become known. He's not even a Hawkeye yet, but the first few chapters read like many mutts that have come before him.
Lowery plays for a 0-3 Hughes Center High team out of Cincinnati. It's not a breeding ground for recruits.
"Two years ago, we were pretty good," the 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback said. "Ever since then, we had a coaching change and we've been struggling. They really don't look for recruits at places like this. Some do, but most don't."
Lowery's holds just one other FBS offer from Akron. Ball State, Connecticut and Indiana are showing interest in him, but he didn't feel like any of those schools were close to offering him a ride.
Iowa offered Lowery after he visited its campus the weekend of Sept. 5. It represented his only official visit to this point.
Lowery said he would like to make his college decision in the next few weeks, but would like to take an official visit to Akron before that. The Zips are the only school to which Lowery has been to camp.
It's tough in this day and age to get noticed when you play for a losing prep program and don't participate in the camp circuit.
A big reason that Lowery missed those camps is because he is a three-sport athlete. He is all-Cincinnati in baseball for three years and football for two. He is a four-year starter in those two sports as well as basketball.
Toledo is looking at Lowery for baseball. He is not in contact with the baseball coaches at Iowa or Akron, but would like to play that sport and football in college, he said. He also plays quarterback at Hughes.
Fellow cornerbacks Greg Castillo and Shaun Prater hosted Lowery on his visit to Iowa. They showed him the town, campus and a nail-biting win against Northern Iowa.
"It was a good experience," Lowery said. "It was my first time on a plane and my first time to Iowa. I liked the environment. Everybody was nice and seemed friendly."
Lowery would not call Iowa or Akron a favorite for his services.
"I'm just thinking about it right now," he said.
Going along with the diamond-in-the-rough recruiting story that fits former Hawkeyes like Bob Sanders, Jovon Johnson, Sean Considine, Dallas Clark, etc., Iowa discovered Lowery through a contact.
Doc Gamble, who coaches at Hughes' rival Withrow High in Cincinnati, knew somebody on the Iowa staff and suggested the Hawkeyes take a look at him.
"I like the Iowa coaches," Lowery said. "They know what they're talking about. They know when to joke around and when to be serious.
"We joked around a lot."
Lowery said the most important thing for him in choosing a school will be academics.
"I'm trying to get a degree in something," Lowery said. "I'm not sure what I want to major in, but football comes second."
Lowery picked off seven passes a year ago, but has yet to record an interception this season. Teams have thrown away from him.
"I feel like I'm a good cover corner – cover three, cover two or cover one," Lowery said. "I'm good at catching up to the ball and knocking it out of the air. I have good catch-up speed."
Might B.J. Lowery be the next Jovon Johnson? It's probably to early to say that about a kid that hasn't committed to Iowa, but Lowery's story sounds a lot like that of the former Hawkeye cornerback. Senior Writer Rob Howe caught up with Lowery on Monday. He talked about his offers, his timetable for a decision and more. Read all about it in this recruiting update.