Bowles lands in-state offers

Hunter Bowles has picked up scholarship offers from both Louisville and Kentucky, and the standout 6'6, 245-pound tight end from Glasgow, Ky., will be in attendance at Commonwealth Stadium this Saturday to watch the Cardinals and Wildcats play.

Hunter Bowles has picked up scholarship offers from Louisville and Kentucky, and the standout 6'6, 245-pound tight end from Glasgow, Ky., will be in attendance at Commonwealth Stadium this Saturday to watch the Cardinals and Wildcats play.

"I'm pretty excited," Bowles told InsideTheVille.com. "It's nice to have as many options as possible. Plus, it's a good situation at Louisville…or wherever I go."

Bowles made an unofficial visit to Louisville for the Cardinals season opener against Murray State. Monday, Charlie Strong called Bowles to extend an offer for next season, and the U of L coach made it clear that Bowles is a wanted man for the Cardinals.

"Coach Strong called me this morning just saying that he really wants me at tight end," Bowles said. "He asked me what number I wanted…and my favorite number is 15. So we talked about that. He said he wants me at tight end and, of course, I liked that. A lot of people have talked about (moving) me to offensive line and I'm not sure about that. It was very reassuring when (Strong) told me he wanted me at tight end."

While Louisville has put a firm scholarship offer on the table for Bowles next season, Kentucky coach Joker Philips made a 'conditional' offer, telling Bowles he may have to 'grayshirt' if he chooses the Wildcats. A 'grayshirt' means that Bowles wouldn't have a scholarship at UK next fall and instead would have to join the program next January.

"Coach Philips told me he wants me but Kentucky has so many tight ends and he wants me to possibly redshirt or grayshirt to get a year separation between those guys," Bowles said. "I agree with that and it would be a good deal."

Though he has offers from Louisville, Kentucky and Marshall, Bowles isn't ready to name a favorite.

"I don't any more interest in Kentucky than I do Louisville, and I don't have any more interest in Louisville than Kentucky," said Bowles. "It's about even right now. Nothing has happened to put one school over the other right now. When I take my visit I just want to see which program is eye catching for me. Right now they're both the same."

Bowles isn't rushing to make a college decision.

"I think I'm going to let it play out a little bit," Bowles said. "I'd like to take visits to Marshall, Kentucky and Louisville. Right now, I'd rather concentrate on my senior year because we're having a good year – we're 4-0 and our defense hasn't been scored on yet. We're really trying to get a state championship. We think Glasgow deserves that and I don't want to draw any more attention to myself. I don't think I'll make my decision any time soon."


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