According to Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio, hometown kid Tanner Bowles has decided to transfer to the University of Kentucky. A 2018 graduate from Glasgow High School, Tanner Bowles was a Class of 2019 commit to the University of Alabama. The former 4-Star recruit was offered by Alabama and Kentucky, as well as Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State and
Tennessee, among many others. Bowles was a top three-hundred prospect and the sixth-best player in the state of Kentucky in 2019.
While at Alabama, the Offensive Lineman earned some playing time, starting in 2020, as Bowles played five games that season coming off the bench. In 2021, Bowles' playing time dropped significantly, as he only played in one game that season and it was only for nineteen snaps against New Mexico State. However, Bowles appeared in all twelve games for the Crimson Tide this season.
Bowles has always come off the bench for the Tide and this shows how competitive it is to play under Nick Saban, because Bowles is a player that could come to Kentucky and see playing time immediately. The 6'5" 290 pound lineman has two years of eligibility left, due to the year he gets for the COVID year.
This news is great for Mark Stoops and the University of Kentucky. It is no secret that the offensive line had its share of struggles this season and, with a player like Bowles, Stoops has one that can play at multiple positions on the offensive line. Bowles has taken snaps at the guard position as well as both tackles and on special teams, as well. If Zach Yenser is indeed the offensive line coach going into the 2023 season, this will definitely give him more to work with.