As Kentucky Football continues to change the narrative with a ten-win season, a New Year’s Day Bowl, and big recruiting gains, it’s worth remembering how important Lynn Bowden’s commitment was. A four-star recruit and top five athlete in the 2017 class, Bowden turned down plenty of big name schools to come to Lexington. This morning on KSR, Bowden told the story of how he faked being sick to avoid meeting with Ohio State the day after he committed to Kentucky.
“It was literally, I had committed to Kentucky that day. They wanted to come see me the next day. I told my mom, ‘I don’t want to go. I don’t want to go to school.'”
Bowden has blossomed into a star since then, leading the team in catches (67), receiving yards (745), and touchdown catches (5) last season. He’s also matured into a leader, posting a 3.8 GPA last semester and taking other receivers under his wing in summer workouts, a transformation he attributed to becoming a father.
“I really want to be able to take care of my family. I’m really the first one that ever went to college to play sports and change my family’s life.”
As for his fellow wide receivers, Bowden is pleased with what he’s seen so far this summer.
“One that really sticks out is Josh Ali,” Bowden said of the junior, who had ten catches for 115 yards and a touchdown last year. “From his freshman year to now, if you took a picture and compared it, he’s way bigger than what he’s been.”
Bowden echoed Marrow’s praise of junior Isaiah Epps, who had eight passes for 76 yards last season.
“He’s coming along. It’s been a long journey for all of us receivers as a group, but I think we’re putting it together.”
How about Terry Wilson? Bowden said he’s been impressed by his quarterback so far this summer.
“We went out and did 7-on-7s yesterday and all the receivers look good, the quarterbacks were on time,” Bowden said. “Terry’s good. We’re going through some hard training right now so he’s a little sore but he’s fighting through. He’s throwing the ball well and he’s even better than he was last year.”
As for Bowden’s individual goals, don’t worry; he’s still got that chip on his shoulder.
“I saw something someone tagged me in, the top 30 receivers or something and I wasn’t even in it. I thought I was top three receiver in the SEC so I guess I’ve gotta get myself back into that. I just want to push my teammates around me. I want go back to another ten-win season.”