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Lynn Bowden Recruiting Update and Final Predictions

Is UK about to land the most explosive playmaker of the Mark Stoops era?

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One of UK’s top targets in 2017 will make his decision this weekend.

Four-star athlete Lynn Bowden will decide between UK, Penn State and West Virginia on Saturday. The Warren G Harding (OH) product is ranked by 247 as the nation's No. 5 athlete and No. 119 overall prospect. Bowden is best described as a playmaker, regardless of where he's lining up.

Quarterback, running back, receiver, defensive back, and return man are where he's made dozens of highlight-reel plays. He’s ranked as high as 60th overall by Scout.com, which shows you just how big of a get he is for whatever school lands him.

Other schools who’ve offered Bowden include Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Wisconsin among others. As good as UK has been on the recruiting trail, Bowden has the potential to be the Wildcats' biggest commitment in the Mark Stoops era.

If he picks UK, it will come in large part thanks to ace Ohio recruiter Vince Marrow, who is set to visit Bowden on Friday before Saturday’s decision. As of Friday, the 247 Crystal Ball has UK in front by a wide margin:

Ahead of Bowden deciding where he’ll play, we gathered our staff for a roundtable on what his commitment would mean, what position he’d play, and who we think lands the elite talent.

James Streble

Lynn Bowden hails from the stomping grounds of Mark Stoops in Youngstown Ohio. If there has been one thing we have learned from Stoops and coach Vince Marrow, it's if they get their sights set on a kid from Ohio they are tough to beat. Bowden is a consensus four-star athlete that played Quarterback at the high school level. He was high on the wish list of Michigan State and Penn State, with the Spartans being the leader.

But now Kentucky has surged ahead of the pack, and with Bowden shutting down his recruitment and announcing his commitment on Saturday, the smart money is on the team that has the momentum, and that is UK. Bowden would continue the momentum that Stoops and Marrow have gained ever since defeating Louisville and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. Kentucky is now a program on the rise and recruits are noticing that. Bowden would be a huge boon for Kentucky and would undoubtedly see them shoot up in the rankings.

Bowden will be a jack of all trades on offense. He could be a wide receiver, he could work in the slot, he could run the ball out of the backfield, and be a legitimate passing threat out of the Wildcat. Visions of Randall Cobb are dancing in my head. With this addition and possibly more surprises on National Signing Day, Stoops should cap off his best recruiting class at UK heading into a season filled with expectations and potential.

Benjamin Patrick

Lynn Bowden is a "difference maker" type of recruit. As does most, I believe fully that he will be wearing blue, which shows how much our culture has changed.

On the field, he has elite athletic tools, and I think we will utilize them as a speed back/slot receiver. The return game seems like a nice fit for him early on, also. It is certainly a new age for UK on the gridiron!

Jason Marcum

If you go off just recruiting rankings, Lynn Bowden would be one of the highest-ranked recruits to commit to UK in recent memory. If you just watch his highlight-reel, he’s easily one of the best prospects to pick UK in a long time.

Bowden looks like he’ll be an instant-impact player as a true freshman, regardless of what position he plays. That’s good news for UK since Boom Williams is going pro, so expect to see Bowden in the backfield a lot as a true freshman.

It’s hard to say what his long-term outlook is, but you can bet he’ll be making an in impact wherever he goes this year. Expect the Cats to land the explosive playmaker Saturday.

And if UK can just hang on to their other commitments, Bowden would lock up a top-25 class for Stoops and co.

Will Marshall

The greatest thing about signing Lynn Bowden is the versatility he'd bring to the team in the seasons ahead. He put up huge offensive numbers in high school at multiple positions, and while he won't play quarterback in college, he's athletic enough to get time at running back and slot receiver in college.

If you were to ask me, any NFL future lies with him on the defensive side of the ball at corner or nickel if he can play a physical brand of football the sky is the limit. With Bowden, UK gets a multi-dimensional player who can make of for deficiencies at various positions down the road.

Keith Garrett

Ever since the Cats beat the Cards 41-38, the recruiting explosion for Mark Stoops could be topped off with a giant cherry on top in the 4-star athlete from Mark Stoops’ hometown; Lynn Bowden.

Bowden would be THE top prospect in a top 20 (nearing top 15) Kentucky class, and that is saying a lot. Bowden could almost literally line up anywhere on the field in a ‘skill’ position and make an impact. He is a dual-threat Quarterback for his high school but would likely end up a Randall Cobb-esque player at UK that could line up out wide, in the slot, in the backfield, or even in the Wildcat (with a threat to throw)

Kentucky is 82% on the crystal ball (as of this writing) with Michigan State and Penn State as the toughest competitors. He also holds offers from Michigan and Tennessee, so he is clearly a nationally sought after player.

I am predicting Kentucky in a massive recruiting victory for Stoops. Bowden announced his recruitment was closed and that he was deciding on Saturday.

On that note, Justin Rowland has tweeted that he is hearing that Vince Marrow is visiting Bowden on Friday. If that is true, and knowing that Marrow retweeted Bowden’s tweet about closing his recruitment… it seems like a Yahtzee coming.

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