Kenneth “BJ” Lowery was able to make it out to Pittsburgh for Pitt’s game against Miami last season, able to put the face to the name in the early portion of his relationship with Pitt, but his second visit was much more thorough.
Lowery, a three-star cornerback out of Life Christian Academy in Chesterfield, Virginia, was able to spend three days in Pittsburgh and cap off his extended stay with a practice and Pitt’s Heinz Field scrimmage on Saturday. It confirmed a lot for Lowery (5-foot-10, 175 pounds), who was able to confirm family ties with Pitt.
Lowery’s cousin Judson Tallandier (a redshirt senior safety out of DeMatha Catholic in Maryland) currently plays at Pitt, and that relationship has been able to continue a bond that’s dated back since last year — after having Pitt officially extend his first offer.
“My visit was great, I got to be up there for three days and see a practice and then the scrimmage on Saturday,” Lowery told PSN. “I loved the high energy and intensity that the defensive backs played with and how everyone on the defensive side of the ball flew around and made plays.”
Lowery, who has picked up offers from Campbell and Pitt, was able to speak more with defensive backs coaches Cory Sanders and Archie Collins — after having built his initial connection with former wide receivers coach Brennan Marion — and he even got to sit in on team meetings to see just how Pitt’s defensive backs rooms operate. And after practice, Lowery was able to break down film with the guys.
“About my game, coach Collins and coach Sanders love my physical style of play, quick twitch and how I can play on that island in man-to-man press situations,” Lowery said.
In playing in Pitt’s defensive system, Lowery would be alone on that island, but with that quick twitch, fluid style of play in a 5-foot-10, 175-pound frame, he’s just physical enough to be able to handle the rigors of the position. And Lowery’s speed and pursuit is something that really stands out when watching him play at Life Christian.
247Sports hasn’t yet rated Lowery, and Rivals has only give him a 5.6 Rivals Rating and slotted him as the 18th-ranked recruit out of Virginia. After a summer of camps and visits, Lowery should continue to rise up the boards as he enters the senior season. And Pitt has done enough already to stand as the leader in his chase.
“I definitely can see myself making it back out to Pitt again as it felt like home,” Lowery said. “The staff definitely made me feel like one of their own for the three days that I was with them. Right now, Pitt is definitely my No. 1 in the recruiting process and somewhere that checks all the boxes.
In the coming weeks and months, Lowery will make visits to Navy, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Virginia, JMU and Maryland. And with further interest from Virginia Tech and East Carolina.