By LARRY VAUGHT
Glasgow coach Jeff Garmon rattled off Ohio State, Stanford, Oklahoma, almost every SEC school and most Big Ten teams as those who had recruited 6-5, 280-pound offensive lineman Tanner Bowles. Most of those schools have “moved on” since his verbal commitment to Alabama months ago but several schools, including Kentucky, have stayed in touch.
The Glasgow coach said UK offensive line coach John Schlarman had a “great relationship” with Bowles and did an “outstanding” job recruiting him.
“Kentucky was on his top five list and a lot had to do with Schlarman. He gave him good, sound advice. I think to this day him and Schlarman have stayed in touch,” Garmon said. “Coach Schlarman is a good guy. He understood where Tanner was and he wanted him.
“Tanner went to camp at Alabama the last two summers and did really, really well. Alabama really liked that he can play multiple positions — center, guard, tackle. He has the mobility and skills to do all that and they see that as a great asset. The Alabama coaches told me you never see Tanner on the ground in camp or film. They said they can find guys that size all over the United States. The question is finding guys who can move and have the coordination they wants. The only time Tanner is on the ground is when he is finishing off a block.
“The offensive line coach and quarterback coach both came here. Tanner has gone to a couple of games at Alabama this season and they really seem excited to have him. Some other coaches wanted Tanner to visit and come to a game but he wants to honor his commitment to Alabama. Some kids might keep taking visits but he feels he’s committed. Alabama is where he wants to be and he believes going out and looking at other schools is not a good look for him.”
Garmon says Bowles knows some believe he will be overmatched at Alabama. Many thought the same about Harris and Wills, who are both starters this year. Wills played in 11 of 14 games as a true freshman in 2017 and Harris almost opted for the NFL before returning to Alabama for his senior year. He’s rushed for 2,558 yards and 17 scores in his career.
“He wants to see if he is good enough to do it. People have said he will not last, not make it. He will find out it is a different animal at Alabama,” Garmon said. “But he wants to see if he has what it takes or not. He just wants to go down there and see if it works out.