LEXINGTON, Ky. — Lynn Bowden, Kentucky’s star 2017 signee who has yet to arrive to campus, will be ready by the start of training camp, a UK spokesperson confirmed to SEC Country on Wednesday.
The dates of training camp have yet to be announced.
A UK spokesperson confirmed several weeks ago that Bowden was still on track to enroll, but a timeline wasn’t given. Steve Arnold, Bowden’s high school coach at Warren G. Harding High School, gave an update to SEC Country last week.
“I talked to Lynn about a week or so ago, and he told me he was going to leave right after the Fourth of July to head down,” Arnold told SEC Country.
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 Aug. 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.
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 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.