Boylan's Lowry commits to Northwestern

Rockford Boylan defensive end Dean Lowry has committed to Northwestern.

Lowry, a 6-foot-5, 232-pounder, chose the Wildcats over Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. He had 10 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss last season for Boylan, which won the Class 6A Illinois state championship.

“I think they’re getting an explosive big man who has really good hands, very athletic and has a great get-off,” Boylan coach Dan Appino said. “I think he’s a guy who when he puts on weight and strength is going to be an impact player for them up front.”

With Lowry's commitment, Northwestern has five Class of 2012 recruits, including three in-state prospects.