Named a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, sophomore running back Robert Lowe chose to attend Texas State despite receiving attention from other big-time Division 1 programs around the country.
From the beginning, Lowe’s abilities were noticed when he began playing basketball in second grade. During this time, he was recruited by a football coach to join the Pop Warner team and was awarded MVP in his first year. Since then, his love of football grew.
At Waxahachie High School, Lowe ran for 1,200 yards and scored 19 touchdowns while averaging 7.1 yards per carry as a junior. During his senior year, Lowe rushed for 1,682 yards and 32 touchdowns on 233 carries. He was named District 15-4A Offensive MVP and earned All-District First-Team honors his junior and senior years.
Lowe was recruited by well-known programs such as Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Texas Christian University, but decided to sign with Texas State.
“It was just a great opportunity,” Lowe said. “I liked the campus especially. I really liked the coaches and the changes that were going to be going on here. I’m starting to see those changes now, and I’m really pleased with where I am today.”
Lowe said he appreciates his family for shaping him into who he is today, which is part of the reason he chose to attend a university near them. His father played football, and Lowe has seen him as an important figure in his life. Lowe said he is proud to be following in his father’s footsteps.
Lowe said while he has grown as a player over the last two seasons, he struggled with blocking and the speed of the game in the past. Lowe had perfect attendance in the spring and therefore became a member of the “100 Percent Club” during workouts.
“His effort level and his ability stands out because he is a quiet guy—he’s not a loud, vocal guy. He does everything more with his actions than he does with yelling,” said Co-Offensive Coordinator Jeff Conway. “Rob does a great job at knowing what we’re doing and answering questions and asking questions, too. This all helps us. The other kids hear this, and they gain a lot out of Rob’s abilities.”
Lowe played in seven games for the Bobcats as a true freshman and ran for 76 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. In the 2013 season, Lowe has found the end zone six times for 442 yards so far, averaging 5.82 yards per carry. Lowe had his career-long run with a 49-yard touchdown in the Bobcats’ first drive of the second half against Texas Tech.
“He’s a great player—he’s a great running back,” said sophomore safety Colby Targun. “As you can see so far throughout the season, he’s done great. He’s a hard worker. He gets in and does his job, and you can’t ask for much more out of him. He’s just a great player.”