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Todd Bowles’ son Troy Bowles takes his four-star commitment to Georgia’s football team.
As the son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles at Troy Bowles, where he will be trained to perfection in college as the four-star linebacker has decided to commit to G to play for Kirby Smart’s football program in Georgia.
The Bowles committed to Georgia Saturday afternoon, choosing the Dawgs over people like Ohio State and Oklahoma. According to 247Sports Composite, Bowles is the No. 2 linebacker in the country, the No. 11 player from Florida and the overall No. 44 in the recruiting class in 2023. Bowles officially visited Athens on June 10 with Glenn Schumann as his primary recruiter.
As it is these days, nothing is official until we see the cute graphics shared by Hayes Fawcett.
Georgia Football: Troy Bowles takes his NFL pedigree to Athens with dedication
For Bowles, Georgia made all the sense to him. The combination of Athens’ small-town atmosphere, as well as the fact that Georgia is essentially a professional football factory in the linebacker position, made this an incredibly easy choice for him.
“The development and NFL production certainly stood out,” Bowles told On3’s Fawcett. “They have the support staff on and off the field in terms of academics and football.”
The biggest thing here, of course, is Bowles’ relationship with his primary recruiter. Schumann has been in Athens for years as an upcoming, defensive-minded coach on Smart’s staff. When last year’s defensive coordinator Dan Lanning took over his own program in Oregon, it can be argued that Schumman will be the next branch to sprout from Smart’s defensive coaching staff.
And it’s not just Schumann. Georgia has done its best in the last decade plus for taking Linebacker U honors away from Penn State. Whether it’s guys like Jarvis Jones and Leonard Floyd from the Mark Richt years, to Butkus Award winners like Roquan Smith and Nakobe Dean who have starred under Smart, if you’re a linebacker who wants to get to the NFL, Georgia the place for you.
“I have a very good relationship with the staff,” Bowles continued. “I’m closest to coach Schu because that’s my position as a coach and he’s recruited me all the time. He’s always been honest with me, that’s why I respect him so much and he really understands his players.
In the end, there is a lot of pressure on Bowles considering who his father is. He also has an older brother Todd who plays for, interestingly enough, former Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano up at Rutgers. Football may be in his blood, but Bowles has a chance to become the best player in his family if he lives up to high expectations in Georgia. It may take a few seasons, but it can happen to him.
It’s not every day an NFL head coach’s son commits to a college football powerhouse, but here we are!
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