Bowden is ranked a 4-star ATH by all the major recruiting services, but Scout.com writer Bill Greene, who specifically covers Ohio recruiting, suggested his company give Bowden a 5-star ranking. Bowden stayed a 4-star and Greene believes Kentucky is getting is getting an undervalued player.
“I think he’s a kid that slipped through the cracks a little bit,” Greene told SEC Country. “I think he should be at Alabama, Ohio State, USC. I think he should’ve had those schools recruiting him.”
Randall Cobb comparisons began even before Bowden committed. The Green Bay Packers star has made his mark as a receiver in the NFL, but Cobb did it all for Kentucky. In his junior season he had 7 touchdown receptions, 5 rushing touchdowns and 3 passing scores.
He had a career-high 84 receptions and 1,017 receiving yards in that 2010 season. The idea with Cobb was to get him the ball in space. That could be Kentucky’s game plan with Bowden.
“You can watch his film and it’s just sick,” Greene said. “And he did it against high-level competition. He wasn’t rolling up numbers on lesser players.”
Greene expects Bowden to primarily play in the slot, but said he could be used as an outside receiver as well. Bowden, a quarterback in high school, could also run the wildcat formation and potentially throw out of it. And on top of that Greene expects him to return kickoffs and punts.
“He’s gotten better every year,” Greene said. “He was more of a speed guy when he was younger, but as he’s gotten older, he’s really added a lot of strength and didn’t lose any of his speed, explosion or cutting ability.”
Versatility could be the trademark of the 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect.
Several of Kentucky’s top 2017 commitments hail from Ohio: 4-star WR JaVonte Richardson, 4-star ATH Tyrell Ajian, 3-star QB Danny Clark and 3-star RB Bryant Koback among them.
But Bowden is the one who sticks out to Greene.
“I think he’ll play next year,” Greene said. “He’ll be on the field for them in some capacity. I think he’s going to be really special there.”