GLASGOW – Hunter Bowles was confident with his decision, and he wanted to make sure everyone else was too.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound senior tight end announced Wednesday morning in the Glasgow High School library that he has verbally committed to the University of Louisville.
After sliding on a Cardinals hat, Bowles beamed while taking pictures, asking family and friends to put up the Louisville “L” hand sign in each photo.
He selected Louisville over Kentucky and Marshall.
“Louisville is really needing tight ends,” Bowles said. “It’s nothing against Kentucky or anybody else, but I went to Louisville and felt like a family member there. It was almost like going to see your uncle, your cousins or your grandpa or something like that. It was a good home feeling.
“Since day one, it’s been Louisville and Kentucky. I followed my heart to Louisville.”
Bowles mentioned several times that Louisville’s need at tight end was a major factor in his decision, as were the Cardinals’ facilities and head coach, Charlie Strong.
He’s the 15th confirmed commitment in Louisville’s 2012 class and the only tight end in that group, according to Rivals.com.
Bowles, rated a 2-star prospect by Rivals, has caught 11 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown this season. He had 349 receiving yards and six scores as a junior.
He can’t officially sign with Louisville until college football’s National Signing Day in February.
The Scotties, now ranked third in Class 3A by the Associated Press, play Clinton County on Friday.
Video of Bowles’ full announcement is available above.
On a side note, Glasgow coach Rick Wood mentioned to me that several Scotties are garnering attention from colleges.
I wrote a blog post a few days ago that said senior running back Jalen Sublett had interest from Murray State, Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee-Martin.
Wood said Wednesday that receiver Lajuan Smith and quarterback Parker Cash have also received interest from those same three schools, and the two have some visits in the works.