Kentucky safety Ashely Lowery released from hospital

Kentucky's Ashely Lowery (No.5) was released from the hospital Thursday after his serious car accident. (USATSI)
Kentucky's Ashely Lowery (No. 5) was released from a hospital Thursday after his serious car accident. (USATSI)

Kentucky got great news on Friday when four-star, top-100 quarterback Drew Barker elected to commit to the in-state Wildcats over South Carolina. But it got even better news late Thursday, when junior safety Ashely Lowery was released from a Georgia hospital less than a week after a car accident that could have claimed his life.

The Associated Press quoted family friend and spokesman Doug Stutsman on Friday as saying Lowery had been released Thursday from Northeast Georgia Medical Center, near Lowery's hometown of Cleveland, Ga. He had been hospitalized since the previous Saturday morning, when he flipped his 2006 Nissan Altima multiple times, was reportedly ejected 100 feet from the vehicle and was placed in intensive care.

Despite the severity of the accident, however, Lowery suffered only what Stutsman referred to as "bumps and bruises" -- "his brother said it just looks like he was in a bicycle accident," Stutsman told the Louisville Courier-Journal in the immediate wake of the accident -- and could return to Kentucky's campus in June. 

A fully recovered Lowery would be a boost for first-year Wildcats coach Mark Stoops and a potentially thin secondary. Lowery started eight games during the 2012 season, recording 43 tackles and an interception.

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