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3-star IOL Isaac Sowells drops Top 5, locks in commitment date

Zack Geogheganby:Zack Geoghegan05/24/24


When it comes to landing talented in-state recruits, Vince Marrow doesn’t miss all that often — and he has another target in sight.

On Friday afternoon, Louisville Male’s Isaac “Spike” Sowells Jr. announced that he is down to five college finalists with a commitment date locked in. Ranked No. 493 overall in the class of 2025 by the On3 Industry Ranking, Sowells is considering Kentucky, South Carolina, Miami (FL), NC State, and Louisville. The three-star prospect will announce his decision on Thursday, July 18.

A 6-foot-2, 290-pound offensive lineman, Sowells previously scheduled official visits to all five of his top options: South Carolina (May 31), Kentucky (June 7), Miami (June 14), Louisville (June 19), and NC State (June 21).

Kentucky was the fifth Division I school and the first from an SEC program to officially offer Sowells. Marrow has led the charge from day one, extending a scholarship opportunity back in March 2023. Since then, the Louisville native has visited Lexington multiple times. Marrow and offensive line coach Eric Wolford even paid him a visit in person on Thursday.

“I’d say the bond we’ve been able to build over these last few months,” Sowells told On3’s Steve Wiltfong about why he likes Kentucky. “Of course the coaching change was a big thing in the college football world. Coach Wolford coming back to Kentucky. Just when he came back to Kentucky that really helped my recruitment with Kentucky. The connection we’ve been able to build over past few months has been a real big thing.”

Although Sowells is a Bluegrass native, don’t expect this recruitment to come down to just Kentucky and Louisville. NC State, in particular, is a legitimate threat. In fact, The Wolfpacker’s Ethan McDowell from On3 logged a pick in favor of NC State to land Sowells earlier this month.

His five official visits next month will be critical.

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