Things are happening quickly in the transfer portal. For the second time in this cycle, a former in-state prospect has decided to leave a blue blood program.
During the season, Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren defensive tackle Jacob Lacey left Notre Dame after four games. Kentucky hosted the former blue-chip recruit on a visit but eventually lost out to Oklahoma. However, Lacey was not the final local line-of-scrimmage player to make a move.
The Glasgow (Ky.) High prospect was a four-star recruit in the class of 2019 that landed in Tuscaloosa. Bowles was one of six four-star prospects to leave the state that season. That lack of recruiting success led to Vince Marrow taking over in-state recruiting on a full-time basis. Kentucky got Wan’Dale Robinson to return home after three years at Nebraska and made a run at Lacey. The Cats will likely pursue Bowles.
Bowles will be a redshirt senior in 2023 with two years of eligibility remaining. The SEC transfer appeared in multiple games at Alabama this season receiving snaps at center, right guard, and left guard. Bowles has also spent time playing right tackle.
The offensive line has multiple needs and it’s very likely the Cats add 2-3 transfers to help bolster the Big Blue Wall in 2023. Expect Tanner Bowles to emerge as a target for Kentucky when the transfer portal window officially opens on Dec. 5.
Recruiting never stops.