Twins Jermaine and Jerome Lowery of West Chester were scheduled to sign partial scholarships last night to run track at the University of the Pittsburgh.

The 18-year-olds, who graduated from Father Judge High on Wednesday, made oral commitments Friday.

They chose the Panthers over Nebraska, Texas Tech, Clemson, Georgia and Delaware State. The twins, who had planned to attend the same college, were leaning toward signing with Nebraska several weeks ago.

"We ended up choosing Pittsburgh, because they are starting to build their boys' program back up again," Jerome Lowery said. "We were getting different calls from different places. But you have to search for what's best for you."

Two of the nation's premier high school 400-meter hurdlers, the twins fulfill one of the Panthers' needs.

Jermaine Lowery ran the state's fastest time of 52.68 seconds to finish second in the event at the Penn Relays. It was the nation's fourth-best time by a high school boy this season.

Jerome Lowery's time of 53.48 ranks second in the state and seventh nationally.

"I'm very excited about going to Pittsburgh," said Jermaine Lowery, who was a first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection by The Inquirer. "They recruited a lot of good people this year. Jerome and I are just looking forward to going to college and doing well."

Jermaine Lowery plans to become a pre-med major, while his brother intends to major in chemistry.

Both graduated from Father Judge with 3.9 grade point averages and were members of the National Honor Society.

Contact staff writer Keith Pompey at 610-313-8029

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