Bowles visits Louisville

Hunter Bowles attended Louisville's season-opener against Murray State and the promising 6'5, 245-pound tight end from Glasgow (KY) has strong interest in Charlie Strong's Cardinals.

Hunter Bowles, a promising tight end from Glasgow, Ky., was in attendance last Thursday for Louisville's season-opener against Murray State.

"It went pretty good," Bowles told "I went up there and had fun with my family."

Bowles, 6'5, 245-pounds, holds offers from Marshall and Murray State, but hopes Louisville will come through with an offer this season. Before kickoff Thursday night, Bowles was greeted on the field by UofL offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, one of his primary recruiters for the Cardinals.

"He just said he was really excited about me being there -- stuff like that," Bowles said. "They've said they're really close to offering, but that's about all I know right now. They said they like my size and hands."

Three schools, according to Bowles, are showing the most recruiting attention at this time.

"Louisville, Kentucky and Marshall are probably the biggest three right now," Bowles said. "There is still Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky that are (involved), but Kentucky, Louisville and Marshall are recruiting me the hardest."

Bowles has developed a solid relationship with Charlie Strong's coaching staff and likes how the Cardinals utilize the tight end in Sanford's spread-offense.

"I really like how they use their tight ends," Bowles said. "Right now they have Josh Chichester starting and they've got three other tight ends. With Josh Chichester leaving after this year it makes it perfect for me."

Bowles said he keeps in contact with Sanford and Louisville assistant coach Dave Borbely.

"It's become a really strong relationship," Bowles said. "They're really good people and I like them a lot. They're really easy to talk to and they're good coaches. You can tell they're going to get that program back to where it needs to be. That's important because I want to play for championships."

Though Kentucky has talked about offering Bowles, the Wildcats haven't been clear about their plans.

"I don't know if it's an offer or what it is – they've just said, ‘We have a scholarship here for you," Bowles said. "They don't know if they want me to redshirt or grayshirt. There's nothing in writing."

Bowles also has interest in Marshall. "I really like how Marshall always produces NFL tight ends," said Bowles.

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