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Antwan Lowery is down to two finalists - Miami and Rutgers.

Columbus High (Miami) DT Antwan Lowery, one of the top-ranked defensive linemen in the country, tells (subscription site) that he is down to two schools: Miami and Rutgers.

Lowery, whose older brother Antonio was a freshman linebacker at Rutgers last season, told he will make his decision on Aug. 1.

"From now to Aug. 1 I'm going to sit down and evaluate both schools. What I've been doing so far is checking out both schools, the coaches and players. Right now my mind hasn't been made up on which school I'll go to."

Of Rutgers he said, "It's a great up-and-coming program. They have everything together up there, know how to win games, and the coaching staff is great and they know how to work with each other. My brother's up there, and having him there to guide me through everything would be tremendous."

Miami Herald beatwriter Manny Navarro thinks that Lowery will pick the Canes.

Among the many phone calls I fielded during my "vacation" last week was one from one of my buddies over at The U, who breathlessly told me to expect the news that the Canes had landed a commitment from Columbus defensive tackle Antwan Lowery (ranked fourth by the Herald among Dade recruits). The call never came and when I tried to reach Lowery later that night, his high school coach told me Lowery was going to wait until August 1st to decide between either UM or Rutgers. Lowery's older brother Antonio is a linebacker at Rutgers. But after interviewing Lowery last month, I got the sense he's going to be a Cane in the end.

South Jersey LB Ka’ lial Glaud is now claiming an offer from Rutgers.

"I now have offers from Boston College, North Carolina, Tennessee, Rutgers, Michigan State, Penn State, Minnesota and a couple of other MAC schools," Glaud explained.

"I’ve probably heard the most from Coach Lockwood from West Virginia and Coach Donovan from Maryland up to this point. I haven’t been to any camps but I do plan on taking some unofficials."

While it’s too early for Glaud to narrow things down much, there are seven schools sticking out at this point.

"I would probably say they would be West Virginia, Maryland, Boston College, North Carolina, Tennessee, Rutgers and Iowa," he said.

The feeling here is that the staff's first priority at LB is still Carson.

RB Tavon Austin wrote his latest column for the Baltimore Sun.

My latest scholarship offer was from Tennessee. That brings my total to 15, the other ones coming from Maryland, Boston College, Virginia, Wake Forest, Georgia, South Carolina, Illinois, Penn State, Michigan, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, West Virginia and Nebraska.

The Volunteers see me as a running back or slot receiver. I think I'd be good in the slot because I can catch and can move just as well as a wide receiver as I can as a running back. I think my offers are going to start tailing off now, as many other recruits are starting to commit to schools.

I'm looking into each school's offense. I don't have a preference, but the differences are clear. Schools such as Michigan, West Virginia and Illinois use more of a spread offense, while Penn State, Maryland and others use more of the I-set. My choice depends in part on which system I want to be in, but I'm just looking for an offense that can free me up.

The recruiting process has changed a little for me. At first it was great, and I was just thinking about going to school for free. But after a while, it becomes apparent who's fake and who's real, and it gets a little stressful. It's not bogging me down, though.

I took my SAT in May, and with my grades, I should be eligible to play. I plan to take the test again, though, just to improve my score.

I haven't decided which schools I'll officially visit, but I have time. I don't plan to make those visits until my senior season starts.

Florida's Bradley Wallace profiles to several different positions on the defensive side of the ball.

''I think Bradley's going to be a safety or an outside linebacker in college,'' Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said.

That first one -- safety -- appears to be the two-way star's projected college position. That's where Iowa State, Miami and Mississippi State envision him playing, with Wallace saying he has offers from all three.

That second one could be where he ends up this fall for Dwyer, as former Palm Beach Lakes player Matt Elam -- also a college prospect, in the 2010 class -- has transferred in and likely will play safety.

Whichever way he goes, Daniels said, Wallace's talent is undeniable. He might not be polished enough a passer to play quarterback in college right now, Daniels said, but on defense, there's no doubt.

''He's one of the smartest guys I've ever coached on defense,'' Daniels said of Wallace, who lists his 40-yard dash time at 4.56 seconds. ``He's very physical. He's got great ball skills.

``People don't realize how physical he is. He's a tremendous hitter.''

So why just four offers, by Wallace's count? Position confusion might be one explanation, but Daniels has another theory: grades.

''He would have 50 offers if his grades weren't suspect,'' Daniels said.

Wallace didn't back away from the suggestion, acknowledging he must improve his grade-point average, and that academics are ''the only holdback on some colleges,'' he said.

Then, after clearing up his grades, Wallace also must post sufficient test scores -- he has yet to take the SAT, but said he is planning on doing so soon.