Defonta Lowe | S | 6-3 | 190 | Bearden, Ark. (Bearden HS)
Lowe was a two-way player at Bearden, playing quarterback and safety for the Bears. He was the No. 3 overall prospect in the state and the 20th safety in the nation according to Rivals.com, while 247Sports.com ranked him as the No. 6 overall player in the state. During his senior season, he made 44 tackles with one pass breakup, one fumble recovery and one blocked PAT on defense while rushing 125 times for 986 yards and 13 touchdowns and completing 29-of-50 passes for 547 yards and five touchdowns on offense. He was named to the Arkansas Super Team as a defensive back by the Associated Press. The Bears finished the 2011 season 10-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Arkansas 2A state playoffs. In 2010, Lowe rushed 171 times for 1,543 yards and 24 touchdowns while completing 62-of-94 passes for 1,233 yards. On defense, he recorded 41 tackles and three interceptions as Bearden posted an 11-2 record and advanced to the semifinal round of the state playoffs. Lowe also received interest from LSU, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Auburn. He was coached at Bearden by Ernie Horstkamp.