LEXINGTON, Ky. — Lynn Bowden, a 4-star athlete from Youngstown, Ohio, committed to Kentucky and Youngstown’s own Mark Stoops on Saturday afternoon to become the No. 1 incoming prospect of the Wildcats’ 2017 class.
Bowden, 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, chose Kentucky over Michigan State, Penn State and West Virginia. A quarterback in high school, Bowden likely will play slot receiver for the Wildcats but also could be tested as a running back.
Bowden’s athleticism could help him make an early impact for the Cats at either position with the losses of running back Boom Williams and wide receiver Jeff Badet. Williams and Badet were two of Kentucky’s most electric playmakers — a trait Bowden will look to be known for as well.
The Youngstown native jumped 4-star receiver JaVonte Richardson as Kentucky’s highest-rated commitment in the class. Bowden is ranked the No. 5 athlete in the country, according to 247Sports. He’s ranked as the 160th-best prospect in the country and fifth-best recruit from Ohio.
Tight ends coach and Ohio recruiting extraordinaire Vince Marrow was Bowden’s lead recruiter. The 4-star athlete is the sixth Ohio commitment in Kentucky’s 2017 class.
Stoops is putting together the best class since his arrival in Lexington. The 2017 group is ranked No. 21 in the country by 247Sports‘ composite ranking.
Bowden’s commitment makes him the 23rd member of the class. Top remaining targets include 4-star WR Danny Davis (Springfield, Ohio), 4-star OT Thayer Munford (Massillon, Ohio) and 3-star WR Kevaughn Dingle (Opa Locka, Fla.).