TOLEDO – The month of January continues to pay off for Ohio State, this time back on the recruiting trail with the pledge of Whitmer offensive tackle Carter Lowe on Saturday afternoon.
The past four weeks have seen coaching changes, players staying, players leaving, new players coming in and so much more and the addition of the four-star lineman is nothing to be overshadowed by any of the other news, even if Lowe will not be on campus until 2025 (early enrollee).
Lowe is the 7th member of the class and the first offensive lineman, a position of needs for any program, Ohio State in particular, as line has been boom/bust over the past couple of seasons.
The new Buckeye went through the nerves of the ceremony at his high school but is happy to have it all done and credits the personal relationships he made with the Ohio State coaching staff that put the Buckeyes over the line.
“It was the relationship for sure,” Lowe said. “(Right away) they let me know how much I was a priority for them, and I really enjoyed that from them.”
Lowe had more than two-dozen offers and picked from a final five that included Georgia (runner-up), Michigan, Alabama, and Tennessee.
Strangely enough, Ohio State offered Lowe one year to the day prior to his announcement date. And through that year, Lowe had taken the trips, seen the campuses and heard the pitches.
With all of that, he kept coming back to when Ohio State offered him, how much that meant and how it made him feel.
“The day they offered the really made me fill like a priority as soon as they offered,” Lowe said. “They never let up. They really made me feel like a ‘must-get target’. I really appreciate that from them.”
Lowe was a lifelong basketball player and comes from an extended family of basketball players. He didn’t start playing football until he got to high school and feels that the timing worked out just fine for him, even if he has fewer years in the game than some others may.
Living in Toledo, he is in no-man’s land when it comes to ‘The Game’ as there are fans of both teams within the city limits. Many felt that this was going to be an Ohio State versus Michigan battle, and then Michigan lost its head coach to the NFL among other things.
But Lowe admitted that it was Georgia that came in as his runner-up, not the team to the north.
For whatever reason, there was a disconnect for Lowe when it came to Michigan and that certainly was to Ohio State’s gain.
“I would notice that I would go on campus at the team up north and right after they wouldn’t text me or (talk to me) right after that, I wasn’t talking to them, not even once a week, and I did not like that from them,” Lowe said.
Lowe is the third member of the class from the state of Ohio, joining Eli Lee and Tavien St. Clair. The goal of growing the class is a big thing for Lowe with players like Justin Hill and Trey McNutt already on his radar.
“I am really trying to make the ’25 class one of the best classes, so that’s a big thing for me, getting other guys to come (to Ohio State) too,” Lowe said.
Check out what else Lowe had to say in his exclusive one-on-one with our Marc Givler, just minutes after he let the world know where he intends on playing his college football.
All of that and more, here at BuckeyeHuddle.com.