LEXINGTON, Ky. — Lynn Bowden, Kentucky’s No. 1 addition in the 2017 class, could join his fellow signees as soon as next week, his high school coach told SEC Country.
Bowden, unlike his fellow 2017 signees, still hasn’t arrived to campus. A UK spokesperson confirmed two weeks ago that he was still on track to enroll, but the timeline was unclear. Steve Arnold, who coached Bowden at Warren G. Harding High School, provided an updated timeline.
“I talked to Lynn about a week or so ago, and he told me he was gonna leave right after the Fourth of July to head down,” Arnold told SEC Country.
That matches what Bowden tweeted in reply to fellow 2017 signee JaVonte Richardson.
Kentucky’s eight-week summer session started on June 9. Most of Kentucky’s 2017 signees have enrolled in summer classes, but Bowden will arrive too late to enroll. Fall semester classes begin August 23.
Arnold said he didn’t know what has kept Bowden from arriving, but he doesn’t think the condensed timeline will delay Bowden’s playing time. Arnold said he’d be surprised if the 4-star prospect from Youngstown, Ohio, doesn’t see the field as a freshman.
“I’ve been around a lot of very talented athletes that’ve played in the NFL, and he’s the best that I’ve coached,” Arnold said.
Arnold has coached for almost 30 years at Warren G. Harding. He’s had players like Maurice Clarett, Mario Manningham and Daniel “Boom” Herron come through his locker room. Putting Bowden ahead of players of that caliber has created a frenzy of hype, but Arnold said that hype has been there since his days of playing peewee.
“The thing I tell people is that he’s very confident in his abilities and he’s not afraid to let you know that because he’s always pretty much succeeded at whatever he’s done,” Arnold said.
Bowden accounted for 57 touchdowns in his senior year of high school. He quarterbacked Harding to an 11-2 season and was runner-up for Mr. Football in Ohio. He owns or shares 16 school records and is Ohio’s sixth all-time leading rusher with 7,387 career yards.
Bowden, at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, 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.
He’s expected to be a versatile threat for offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. Bowden is expected to primarily play as a slot receiver, but could see time at running back or as a quarterback in the wildcat formation.