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Lynn Bowden cleared by NCAA: Elite athlete will be big piece for Kentucky Wildcats

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“The best player in Ohio” will suit up for Kentucky this year.

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The Kentucky Wildcats will have Lynn Bowden, arguably their best recruit in the Class of 2017.

According to KSR, the NCAA has cleared Bowden, paving the way for him being practicing in fall camp.

The 6-1, 185-pound Warren G. Harding product is one of Mark Stoops’ highest-ranked recruits since coming to Lexington. He picked UK in January while holding offers from Penn State, Michigan, West Virginia, Michigan State, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Nebraska among others. Ohio State even offered Bowden at the horn, but he stuck with UK to the end.

“I’ve been here 29 years. I’ve seen them all come through here from Mario Manningham, Maurice Clarett and Daniel “Boom” Herron. Lynn is at the top of that class,” Harding head coach Steve Arnold told SEC Country.

Bowden was ranked 60th overall by Scout.com, 110th by 247, and 191st by Rivals.com for the 2017 class. 247 also ranks Bowden as the third-best overall recruit from Ohio. He’s drawn comparisons to former UK star Randall Cobb, and you can bet that’s the kind of role he’ll have in Lexington.

"I will go on the record as saying we signed the best player in Ohio,” recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow said on National Signing Day. "Lynn Bowden is the best player in Ohio."

Bowden is expected to play multiple positions and have a big role in the offense as a true freshman. Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw has already said there will be Wildcat QB packages built in for the game-breaking athlete.

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