For Lowe, expected to play corner, the timing couldn’t be better — the Hawkeyes just graduated three of their top four corners. He’ll also rejoin four of his old G’Ville mates: DE Lebron Daniel, LB Bruce Davis, QB Arvell Nelson and DB Derrick Smith, all of whom just completed their freshman or redshirt-freshman years.
Etheridge joins a young d-line unit (ten of the 14 on the roster are freshmen or sophomores) that should improve — actually, that has to improve — after a rough 2007. Last season the Falcons gave up more than 30 points seven times in 13 games, including an embarrassing 63 to Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl. They also surrendered almost five yards per rush, third-worst in the Mid-American Conference.
And, finally, for the Tarblooders, that makes four commitments with a week to go, still, before National Signing Day. Before Christmas, WR/DB Cordale Scott committed to Illinois and DT Shawntel Rowell chose Ohio State.
Not counting these four recruits, I’m counting six Glenvillians at Ohio State, four at Iowa, three at Wisconsin and two at Indiana, even. Any thoughts on adding Northwestern to the Senate Athletic League, or maybe just changing the Big Ten’s name to, say, “THE BIG ‘GLEN?”