Nation’s No. 2 LB Troy Bowles has made his college decision

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Nation's No. 2 LB Troy Bowles has made his college decision

Want to attack with the latest every day Recruitment in Georgian football the information? This is the intel. This rep is up to date with 4 star LB Troy Bowles. He is the nation’s #2 LB and #44 overall prospect for 2023 in the 247Sports Composite ratings. On3.com has him as the No. 2 LB and the No. 57 overall prospect.

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First of all let’s get things straight here when it comes to the 4 star LB Troy Bowles Hotel.

The son of NFL head coach Todd Bowles has a football-famous last name but has more than enough game to back it up.

That’s why the college decision he was about to make today garnered so much attention. Bowles was down to the last three from Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State. He chose the ‘Dawgs.

What Georgia Football is getting at Troy Bowles

Bowles certainly stands on his own two feet, but the story here also involves his father. Once a starter on the Washington Redskins’ Super Bowl team in 1987, Todd worked as an assistant coach before becoming the head coach of the New York Jets in 2015.

He spent four seasons there before taking on the role of defensive coordinator at Tampa in 2019. Earlier this year, he was promoted to head coach for the Bucs. Previously, he worked his way up through several positions in the NFL in human resources offices, as a defensive backs coach and as an NFL defensive coordinator.

The 14th Bulldog engagement in the 2023 class packed all of that high-level defensive fundamentals and systems knowledge into his football DNA. A high-level football IQ is clearly present in his game, but his father has both played and coached for his teams in Super Bowl victories.

And yet the son’s junior tape really pops early and never lets up. Troy has a younger brother named Tyson, but he also hits on film like the former heavyweight champion.

He dashes to the side. Fill gaps. Tear down quarterbacks and toss ball carriers around like rag dolls. It’s an impressive watch.

He finished his junior year with 105 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two touchdowns while being tasked with a variety of roles at Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) defense.

A quick example:

  • Bowles plays off the line as OLB. He absolutely annihilates a slot receiver coming into his territory over the middle. That gets him going and also electrifies his team. Hit rate: 9/10
  • He has slipped back into reporting as the opposing quarterback has enough time to watch the first season of a Netflix series with his girlfriend. The enemy signal caller eventually rolls to the left, throwing the ball onto the same sideline it rolls to. Bowles jumps the route, dives for the ball and gets away with an interception. Match rating: 9/10
  • On the third move, he flashes from the left side. The game walks away from him and he rolls downhill with more momentum than a Japanese bullet train. The ball carrier felt like a South Georgia sandfly on the windshield of a Peterbilt cruising down I-75 at 95 mph en route to Florida. Match rating: 11/10. You won’t find a harder hit in high school football.

That’s just the first 38 seconds of a junior tape that’s full of it. He’s ranked #2 LB in the nation for the class by both the 247Sports Composite and the new On3 Consensus, and for very good reason. The 247Sports Composite rating also places him as the nation’s 44th overall recruit.

No LB in the country should be expected to have a better tape than what Bowles has on film here.

4-star LB Troy Bowles is one of the best prospects in the nation at his position. (instagram)

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Troy Bowles: What he means to Georgia football now

Not only will Bowles become Georgia’s 14th signing for 2023, but he also becomes the second-highest rated signing in the current class.

That catapults Georgia from the nation’s No. 9 class in the 247Sports Team Composite rankings to No. 6 in the country. The ‘Dawgs are now just short of 18 acceptances to the Tennessee Volunteers for that spot.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Bowles is also now being associated with something else in his Bulldog days. That would be the largest incoming class of valuable linebackers Glenn Schumann and Kirby Smart have ever assembled in a signing class.

It is currently like this:

  • Bowles: Nation’s No. 2 LB and No. 44 overall
  • 4-Star Raylen Wilson: Nation’s #5 LB and #72 overall
  • 4-Star CJ Allen: Nation’s #10 LB and #166 overall

Here, too, it is important to note:

1) Schumann’s board is not quite the same as the national ranking. These are the three LB perspectives that Georgia has long prioritized for this cycle. The Bulldogs only offered 15 linebackers this cycle and are now holding commits from the three they wanted most all along. The only other two linebackers who paid an official visit to UGA in June recently signed for LSU and South Carolina, respectively.

2) Allen is significantly better than his No. 10. He’s clearly in the top five prospects in the nation for his position at this point. His ranking has shot up by around 300 positions since the end of May.

That’s a pretty good indication that what Schuman did when training linebackers was noticed. There was already a long list of Tae Crowder, Natrez Patrick, Monty Rice and Roquan Smith to consider ahead of the 2021 season.

Now there’s Nakobe Dean, Channing Tindall and Quay Walker to consider as well. These three ILBs all went into the first three rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft.

To put this achievement in perspective, let’s also quickly share the LB Class merchandise that Schuman assembled during his time in Georgia.

  • 2016: 4-Star Jaleel Laguins/Oconee County/Watkinsville, Ga. (Nation’s #10 ILB and #227 overall)
  • 2017: 4-star Nate McBride/Vidalia/Vidalia, Georgia (Nation’s No. 6 ILB and No. 163 overall); 4 Star Monty Rice/James Clemens/Huntsville, Ala. (Nation’s #18 LB and #334 overall)
  • 2018: 4-Star Quay Walker*/Crisp County/Cordele, Ga. (National #2 OLB and #31 overall); 4-Star Channing Tindall/Spring Valley/Columbia, SC (Nation’s #5 ILB and #103 overall)
  • 2019: 5-star Nakobe Dean/Horn Lake/Horn Lake, Miss. (Nation’s #2 LB and #19 overall; 4-star Rian Davis/Wekiva/Apopka, Fla. (#5 OLB and #89 overall). ); 4-Star Trezmen Marshall/Clinch County/Homerville, Georgia (Nation’s #7 ILB and #122 overall)
  • 2020: No ILBs signed.
  • 2021: 5-star Xavian Sorey Jr.*/IMG Academy/Bradenton, Florida (Nation’s No. 2 LB and No. 26 Overall); 5-star Smael Monden Jr./South Paulding/Douglasville, Georgia (Nation’s #4 LB and #35 overall; Jamon Dumas-Johnson/St. Frances Academy/Baltimore, Md. (#22 LB and #195 overall )
  • 2022: 4-star Jalon Walker/Salisbury/Salisbury NC (Nation’s #4 LB and #46 overall; 4-star CJ Washington/Cedartown/Cedartown (Nation’s #11 LB and #135 overall); 3-star EJ Lightsey/Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald, Georgia (Nation #48 LB and #494 overall)
  • *First seen as an OLB prospect when they signed with UGA

Want to see some great reasons why Bowles would join Georgia? Check out these names above. Want to know why Allen, Bowles and Wilson all sign up to play for the same team in the same cycle? There’s no better example than seeing Walker go in the first round and then Dean and Tindall in the third round.

Tindall had to wait until his senior season behind Dean, Rice and Walker to get his biggest share of early LB reps in Athens, and he still went on day two of the NFL draft.

Now add Bowles to this list of luminaries. It’s easy to project him into moving his game up to his father’s league after three or four seasons in Athens.

This decision also triggers an important set of commitment decisions for the ‘Dawgs in July. 4-star DT Jamaal Jarrett is scheduled to make his decision on July 19. Kelton Smith, a 4-star orienteer from Columbus, also wants to announce his college commitment on July 22nd.

Joenel Aguero, the nation’s No. 2 safety and No. 32 overall prospect this cycle, will also commit on July 23. The ‘Dawgs are full of all three of those names.

A bulldog sweep of these commits would then catapult the ‘Dawgs into the #3 class nationally for 2023.

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Georgia secured an acceptance from Troy Bowles, one of the top linebacker prospects in the 2023 recruiting cycle (Connor Riley/DawgNation).

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