The West Virginia University football team found its quarterback for the 2018 recruiting class Tuesday, as Bolivar (Tennessee) Central signal-caller Woodrow Lowe III committed the Mountaineers, choosing WVU over offers from Illinois, North Carolina, and more.
Lowe was a relative unknown on the WVU recruiting board until late in the spring. At that time, offensive coordinator Jake Spavital went to see him in person and came away enthralled with the talented quarterback, offering on the spot.
“I give credit to Coach Spavital,” said Lowe’s father, Woodrow Lowe Jr. “He saw him early and knew. He said all along they really wanted him.”
Lowe then followed with a visit to Morgantown, visiting with his father in early June, taking in the campus and the facilities, while also being able to build a relationship with the rest of the staff.
“I really enjoyed the trip,” he said at the time. “I liked the school and the scenery, and the program has a really nice history.”
He admitted that the trip “helped [WVU] for sure and they were already pretty high on my list.” An offer from North Carolina a couple days later threw a wrench into things, but the Tar Heels pulled in another quarterback commitment soon thereafter. Lowe then turned his focus toward Illinois and West Virginia. Other schools — like Arkansas State and Southern Mississippi — made strong pushes by offering the opportunity to play baseball as well, but the opportunity to play for the Mountaineers proved to be too much to pass up.
Lowe holds a three-star, 0.8524-rating in the 247Sports Composite as the nation’s No. 23 dual-threat quarterback. His grandfather was a three-time All-American at Alabama before going on to play 11 years in the NFL as a linebacker for the San Diego Chargers. His father also played in college and is his current coach.
Lowe’s commitment moves West Virginia from 54th to 46th in the 247Sports team rankings, jumping the likes of Alabama, Texas Tech and Iowa.