TAMPA — Troy Bowles will be going from one championship team to another.

The Jesuit High rising senior and son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles announced his official commitment to the University of Georgia earlier this month. In January, Georgia won its school’s third national championship and first since 1980, less than a month after Bowles helped Jesuit win its second state championship and first since 1968.

Bowles, listed at 6-foot-1 and slightly north of 200 pounds, is rated by multiple recruiting services as one of the top 5 linebackers in the nation. He’s been an impact player on the Tigers defense ever since stepping foot on campus as a freshman, averaging 90 tackles per year and multiple headaches per week on opposing coaching staffs tasked with game-planning for Jesuit.

Bowles made his announcement July 16, opting for Georgia over Ohio State and Oklahoma. The final three contenders were whittled down from a list of more than 40 big-time scholarship offers. The addition of Bowles further boosts Georgia’s 2023 recruiting class, which is ranked in the top 10 among most recruitment trackers and as high as No. 3 by on3.com.

Before he moves on to Athens, however, Bowles and the Tigers are gearing up to defend their Class 6A state title. Despite losing a number of talented players to graduation, Jesuit expects to be reloaded in 2022 and ready to make a run at a fifth straight trip to the state final four. The Florida High School Athletic Association changed its classification system this spring and the Tigers find themselves in Metro 3 District 5 (3M-5).