2 BGSU gridiron transfers arrive from Arizona, California


The Bowling Green football program has added two transfers in Arizona State offensive line transfer Armon Bethea and Ventura College wide receiver transfer Bo Tate, according to head football coach Scot Loeffler.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Bethea will have three years of eligibility with the Falcons. Bethea (Brooklyn, New York) spent two years at Arizona State. He played in two games in 2021 as a true freshman on the defensive line after making a transition to help with depth. He returned to the offensive line in 2022.

Bethea was a consensus top-5 overall prospect in New York out of Erasmus Hall High School where he was teammates with current BGSU offensive tackle Tunde Fatukasi.

Primarily used as a left guard as a junior at Erasmus, Bethea helped lead the Dutchmen to the New York Public Schools Athletic League City Conference championship. He also played in the All-American Bowl after his senior year.

At Erasmus, he was invited to the All-American Bowl as one of the top players in the class, where he previously committed to Arizona State on a national broadcast

Bethea attended the same high school as a bevy of celebrities and sports figures like the Commanders’ Curtis Samuel, actresses Barbara Streisand and Mae West to Pro Football Hall of Famers Al Davis and Sid Luckman.

Singer/songwriter Neil Diamond and Grammy Award-winning producer Clive Davis also attended Erasmus. Former Cleveland Browns head coach Sam Rutigliano was also an Erasmus alum

The 6-2, 190-pound Tate will have two years of eligibility with the Falcons. Tate (Oxnard, California) appeared in 18 career games at Ventura College.

He comes to BGSU with 57 receptions, 616 receiving yards and three touchdowns at the junior college level in 2021 and 2022.

Tate is coming off a 2022 season when h collected 34 receptions for 368 yards and three scores as Ventura went 7-4 and lost in the CCCAA Southern Regional Championship.

Tate was a 2019 graduate of Oxnard High School where he never lost a league game in football. Tate’s father, Kevin, played basketball at UC Riverside.

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