HOOVER, Ala. — Lynn Bowden’s arrival, or lack thereof, has been of the biggest offseason storylines for Kentucky. On Wednesday at SEC Media Days, coach Mark Stoops said he anticipates that Bowden will be ready when fall camp starts at the end of the month.
It was the same bit of information a UK spokesperson confirmed to SEC Country on July 5. The other signee in question is defensive back Michael Nesbitt. The 3-star prospect from South Florida is in the same position as Bowden, Stoops said.
“We anticipate he’ll be here for the first day of fall camp,” Stoops said of Nesbitt. “So, that’s all I can really comment on.”
Because Bowden didn’t enroll for summer classes, Kentucky’s top 2017 signee isn’t allowed to work out with the Wildcats until camp starts. As for if the late arrival will slow Bowden’s path to playing time?
“Oh, I don’t know,” Stoops said. “We’ll see. We’ll see how it goes.”
Bowden accounted for 57 touchdowns in his senior year of high school. He quarterbacked Warren G. Harding High School to an 11-2 season and was runner-up for Mr. Football in Ohio. The Youngstown native owns or shares 16 school records and is sixth all-time among Ohio’s leading rushers with 7,387 career yards.
He was ranked the No. 4 athlete in the country by 247Sports. He was a top-200 national recruit and the No. 3 prospect in Ohio.
Bowden is expected to primarily play as a slot receiver, but he could see time at running back or even at quarterback in the wildcat formation.
“We’re just waiting for him to get here,” quarterback Stephen Johnson said of Bowden. “We’ve all seen his film, we’ve all seen his tape. He’s done a crazy amount of things with the football at his high school. It’s a matter of seeing him on the field when he gets here.”