The Hurry-Up: Lewis Carter Picks Up Ohio State Offer, Anthony Hill Has Buckeyes in Top 12

By Garrick Hodge on September 15, 2021 at 5:30 pm
Lewis Carter

Another 2023 prospect received an offer from Ohio State on Wednesday.

Lewis Carter, a four-star two way player from Tampa Catholic (Tampa Bay, Florida), received an offer from OSU running backs coach Tony Alford on Wednesday. 

Carter, a 6-foot, 200-pound athlete, is rated the 112th-best player and the 10th-best linebacker in the 2023 class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. He played running back his freshman year of high school before making the switch to linebacker his sophomore year while also still playing both ways in short spurts. It’s likely OSU is more interested in Carter’s abilities on the defensive side of the ball.  

As a sophomore, Carter led his team with 80 tackles, including eight for a loss. He also racked up 2.5 sacks, one interception, ​​three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. On offense, Carter took six carries and rushed for one touchdown. 

Carter also contributed on special teams during his sophomore season at Tampa Catholic, returning a kickoff for a touchdown in addition to blocking a field goal and returning it for a score. 

Three games into his junior season, Carter has racked up 28 tackles and one sack. On offense, Carter has rushed for 133 yards on 11 carries (averaging 12.1 yards per carry) and scored two touchdowns. 

It’s thought Carter could play linebacker or possibly even safety at the next level. To this point, the junior has accumulated around 26 Division I offers, including LSU, Florida, Auburn, Georgia and Penn State.

Hill narrows down Top 12

A five-star linebacker from the class of 2023 has narrowed down his top school list, and Ohio State has made the cut. Anthony Hill, a Texas resident, announced a top 12 of Penn State, Texas, USC, Miami, Michigan, Texas A&M, Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Ohio State and Oklahoma. 

Hill is rated the 19th-best player in the cycle and the top linebacker in his class. He was offered by OSU linebackers coach Al Washington back in December. Hill recently made a standout play last Friday when he returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown in Ryan High School’s (Denton, Texas) 28-10 win. It was his first career interception in high school.  

Hill also plays running back for Denton Ryan and has amassed two touchdowns so far this year. 

Bowles to attend Tulsa game

One of Ohio State’s main linebacker priorities for the 2023 class will be in Columbus this weekend. Troy Bowles, a four-star recruit from Tampa Bay, Florida, told 247Sports this week he would attend Ohio State’s game against Tulsa. 

Bowles, who is the son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, attended an OSU camp on June 15, spending most of the day working out with Washington. He picked up an offer that day. 

“I grew up watching them,” Bowles said of Ohio State back in June. “It’s a big school, it’s a lot of people’s dream school.”

Bowles racked up 100 tackles (nine for loss) during his sophomore season. He picked off three passes and recovered two fumbles. He made a big impression in his first high school game of his junior season in August with a few bone-crunching hits.

Bowles is rated as the 52nd-best player in the cycle and the fourth-best linebacker. To this point, he has picked up 32 Division I offers with a list that includes Michigan, LSU, Florida State, Auburn and Oregon. Two 247Sports analysts have projected Bowles to end up with the Buckeyes.

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