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2023 five-star LB Drayk Bowen has Tennessee among top schools

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Shifting gears to the 2023 recruiting cycle for a moment, Tennessee has landed in the top cut for a five-star linebacker. Drayk Bowen narrowed his options down to 12 over the weekend, including the Volunteers alongside of several heavy hitters.

Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Michigan, Indiana, Ole Miss, N.C. State, Auburn, Texas A&M, Clemson, South Carolina and LSU finished out the list.

“With that said, it’s time for me to begin to focus the schools I have a high interest in both athletically and academically,” Bowen said.

Bowen is the 25th ranked player overall in the class of 2023, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s the top ranked linebacker in the class, and also the top ranked player in the state of Indiana, coming out of Merrillville.

The 6-2, 215 pound linebacker visited Tennessee unofficially on June 7th, before camping with Ole Miss just a day later. Bowen has since been busy, visiting LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan, Clemson, Alabama and Auburn.

As a sophomore last season, Bowen racked up 80 tackles, 13 of which went for losses. He was credited with four forced fumbles, five sacks, along with an interception.

Bowen currently has four crystal ball projections, each pointing towards Notre Dame. As the fall creeps closer, it’ll be interesting to see if the Volunteers can get him back onto campus for a gameday visit.