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How Good is Lynn Bowden? Really, Really, Really Damn Good

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For those who follow football recruiting, you know how good Lynn Bowden is.  You also know how big of a deal it is that he’s announcing Saturday instead of January 25.  For those that don’t know anything about the 4-star athlete from Youngstown, this post’s for you.

4-Star Athlete

That short description doesn’t do him justice.  He was the runner-up for Mr. Football in Ohio, no small task.  Bowden is the No. 5 athlete in America.  Kentucky has pulled in a few guys that are top five at their position, but they are usually linemen or linebackers.  They are never guys who can make all 11 defenders miss in a single play.

Bowden will draw comparisons from many people, but you just have to see him play for yourself.  He does things on the football field you will not believe.

Normally you save the word “ankle-breaker” or “human highlight” for basketball players, but Bowden fits the mold.  He also messes around on the basketball court a bit.  He dropped 30 during this game:

Youngstown

Often times Jordan Jones was described as the “heart and soul” of the Kentucky football team.  That statement encapsulates Jones’ infectious energy, but it doesn’t reflect his craziness.  I use the word “crazy” in the most endearing way possible.  The dude simply has a few screws loose and that’s what makes him the most dangerous man in a Kentucky uniform.  He is the last person you’d ever, EVER want to get in a fight with.

Bowden is second on that list.

Youngstown has a reputation and these guys fit the mold.  You cannot learn one’s mentality from a highlight strip.  I learned it when I saw Bowden at the UK-Georgia game.  Seven years older, five inches taller and 50 pounds heavier, I cowered in Bowden’s presence.  It’s an intangible that’s difficult to describe, but you gotta know that dude is a dog.

A Change of Plans

Bowden originally planned to hold out on making a college decision until January 25, a week before National Signing Day.  With a pair of Youngstown guys recruiting him — Vince Marrow and Mark Stoops — the Cats have been long-time favorites, but the longer the wait, the worse for Kentucky’s chances.

Penn State, Michigan, West Virginia and Michigan State have always been in the mix.  The kicker, as is for all elite Ohio athletes, has always been Ohio State.  Bowden delayed his decision with the hopes that an Ohio State offer might come.  It appears that he’s either given up hope or quit caring about the Buckeyes.

Bowden’s change of plans puts Kentucky in the driver’s seat.  Even so, Bowden didn’t announce a time for his decision, fueling Saturday with drama until the news breaks.

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If Bowden selects Kentucky, the Cats will receive an athlete we aren’t used to seeing.

Randall Cobb comparisons will ring throughout the Commonwealth.  It’s not unfair, but I don’t see Bowden being used in the same way.  My mind drifts more to Florida’s Percy Harvin.  Simply get him the ball in space, by whatever means necessary.  Bowden will definitely receive carries in the Wildcat, he might receive them as a typical running back, but I see his skills best utilized a scat back or a slot receiver.  Regardless of where he plays, Bowden will be electric.

National Signing Day is already on pace to be a spectacular day for the program.  If Bowden selects Kentucky on Saturday, start playing Waka Flaka now and don’t stop until February 1.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for How Good is Lynn Bowden? Really, Really, Really Damn Good



  1. narington
    10:13 pm January 12, 2017 Permalink

    Do we know if he would try to play quarterback or if since he’s listed as an athlete he would maybe be better suited to play elsewhere?



  2. Luether
    11:21 pm January 12, 2017 Permalink

    UK needs 5-star SEC caliber players…



    • t_yoder55
      11:42 am January 13, 2017 Permalink

      But you’re not going to get 5 star players if you don’t get more wins. In order to do that you have to work your way up to the 5 star recruits with some good 3 stars and some 4 stars. Next year will be the deciding factor with a lot of talented seniors and an elite offensive line. Either we compete for the SEC east or Stoops is gone.



    • Koppdiesel
      12:05 am January 14, 2017 Permalink

      That’s the type of toxic attitude that is unwarranted. All of BBN wants UK to be a consistent contender, but we have never had sustained success in football. High 3 star and 4 star players are high level athletes and can compete with 5 star players. Barring an absolute collapse next year there is no way stoops is gone. If anything we should worry about him leaving UK because we wil not find a coaching staff that can reel in this kind of talent. Now imagine the kind of players we can get if stoops and staff continue to build on 2016. Looking into next years recruting cycle we have players interested in us that would never have even considered us if stoops and his staff weren’t here. Don’t be delusional.



  3. pithuahua
    4:23 am January 13, 2017 Permalink

    I’m curious why he was left off the Army All American team? He was nominated and with that rating I’m surprised he wasn’t penciled in… Maybe because he is listed as an athlete and not considered a top QB. He looks like a ready made player. Stoops, Marrow and Gran are doing weight and Lamar is a real asset in that recruiting game We fixing to be lit in 2017..GBB BBN



  4. carsonchambliss
    8:24 am January 13, 2017 Permalink

    My colleagues son plays for a local high school called Chardon and I went and watched them play 3 times this season. Did not realize the team to give them their only defeat and knock them out of the playoffs had Lynn Bowden on the team. Dude amassed 400+ yards in that ohio playoff game.



  5. UK Fan In Nashville
    12:40 pm January 13, 2017 Permalink

    Why hasn’t Ohio St offered him? Is there a personality problem? Based off the video alone and the fact he was runner-up for Mr. Football, he is a monster get. For some reason, he’s not a 5-star prospect and his home state/dream school has not offered him. There must be some deficiencies. I try not to get my hopes up for any recruit, but he may be the real deal. To have him line up in the wildcat next to Benny could be scary! OSU may regret not recruiting him.