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.
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:
– Chase Evans (@crevans12) January 7, 2017
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.
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.