Kentucky isn’t known for producing blue-chip football talent, but the Bluegrass State has seen a boom in offensive line talent in recent recruiting classes.
One of the latest big-time linemen from the state is Glasgow High Class of 2019 prospect Tanner Bowles, a 4-star tackle who checks in at 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds. Bowles is ranked the No. 279 overall prospect, No. 31 tackle in his class, and the No. 5 prospect in Kentucky in the 247Sports composite.
Bowles has flown somewhat under the radar for Ohio State fans, but the same can’t be said for the Ohio State coaching staff or college coaches around the country. The Buckeyes offered Bowles on Feb. 10, during his first unofficial visit to campus as a recruit.
“I visited about two weeks ago. The day they offered me was when I was there. Coach [Greg Studrawa] had an offensive line junior day, so I went to that,” Bowles told Land of 10.
Ohio State joined an impressive list of programs in offering Bowles — schools such as Alabama, Georgia, USC, Florida State, Stanford, Penn State, Oklahoma, LSU and Tennessee. In-state programs Louisville and Kentucky have also offered. The Buckeyes have had Studrawa on the case for Bowles and the two have been working to build a relationship.
“I’m talking with Coach Stud about once a week right now,” Bowles said. “He just recently discovered me, so we don’t know each other too much yet. I believe that he’s a great coach just after seeing the previous players he has coached and the previous ranks of his offensive linemen.”
Bowles is high on Ohio State after his visit, but he’s still learning and continues to be impressed by what Urban Meyer’s program has to offer recruits.
“My interest level in Ohio State I would say is as just as high as it is in almost any other program. I enjoyed it very much when I went up there,” explained Bowles. “I’m very impressed how prestigious their academics are there. I had no clue about that before I went on the visit.”
With 17 offers in hand, Bowles is working to evaluate each school recruiting him and narrow down his list. He says a half dozen programs are beginning to separate themselves, but Bowles wants to continue on with his process to make sure he has the right group selected.
“I have about six schools right now that stand out, but I haven’t told anyone just yet. I want to continue to explore my options before I place my focus 100 percent on those six schools,” Bowles said.
As part of that process, Bowles will continue taking more unofficial visits around the country.
“Right now, I’m planning to visit Florida State, Alabama, Tennessee, and possibly LSU over the next few weeks. Those dates aren’t set in stone just yet,” Bowles said.
Stay tuned for more information on Ohio State’s pursuits of Bowles and other top prospects moving forward in his recruiting process.