CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Vincent Lowe sat at a table set on a stage at Grassfield High School, his national letter of intent in front of him, and a large number of family and friends watching from the auditorium seats. Lowe, a running back, signed the letter, officially became a member of the Old Dominion University football team…then watched his best friend do the same.
Not seconds after, running back Isaiah Harper–Lowe’s teammate– put his pen to the paper. The two Grizzlies, who’ve known each other since their middle school playing days, will continue their playing careers as Monarchs
“It’s kind of like living off my high school dream, because we’ll both be playing together again,” said Harper, who rushed for 2,426 yards and 20 touchdowns over three years as a varsity player.
The two multi-purpose players first got to know eachother as rival middle school players. “Then we came here and over the last four years, we’ve created a bond,” said Harper. Once they arrived at Grassfield, that rivalry turned to comradery. Practice time on both the football field and the track turned into sweat sessions.
The younger Harper pushed Lowe and Lowe pushed Harper. “I look up to Isaiah, even though I’m older than him, because his maturity level is just so much higher than the average kid at his age,” said Lowe, who rushed for 2,075 yards and 25 scores on the varsity squad.
“He (Isaiah) knows how to talk to you, he knows how to make me better, he’s just an overall great kid,” said Lowe.
The duo could add another dimension of speed and athleticism to an already potent ODU passing attack, lead by rising-senior and record-setting quarterback Taylor Heinicke.
“We’re going to try to do the same thing we did (at Grassfield),” said Harper with a big smile.