Lynn Bowden Jr. - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 1

LynnBowden Jr.

  • position Wide Receiver
  • height 6-1
  • Weight 199
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Youngstown, Ohio
  • High school Warren Harding

High School

  • Considered to be one of the most dynamic playmakers in the country
  • A four-star prospect by all the major recruiting services
  • Ranked one of the top 100 players in the 2017 class by ESPN and Scout
  • Ranked as the nation’s No. 5 athlete by 247Sports
  • Scout lists him as the No. 60 overall prospect in the class
  • Drawing comparisons to former UK athlete Randall Cobb as he played quarterback in high school but can also play wide receiver and several other positions on offense and special teams
  • Scout recruiting analyst Bill Greene said, “He’s a threat to score every time he touches the football and when he gets in a college system where he’s not the focal point of the defense, he could really be dangerous then”
  • Another Scout analyst said, “Everybody’s goal was to stop him, and he ran right through everybody”
  • Ended his senior season throwing for 1,366 yards, rushing for 2,277 yards and accounting for 57 total TDs
  • Named the 2016 Division II Offensive Player of the Year, the Northeast Ohio Inland District Offensive Player of the Year and Trumbull County Player of the Year
  • Runner-up for Mr. Football in Ohio
  • Named the 2017 Male Athlete of the Year by The Vindicator
  • Helped lead the Raiders to an 11-2 overall record and a trip to the Division II Regional Championship
  • Owns or shares 16 school records and is Ohio’s sixth all-time rusher with 7,387 yards and 10th in rushing touchdowns with 91
  • Also excelled in basketball, averaging 24.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game as a senior
  • Named to the Special Mention team in Division I by the Ohio Associated Press
  • Picked Kentucky after offers from Penn State, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan and Nebraska


  • Name is pronounced “Bowden (BO-den)”
  • Born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Son of Melissa Phillips and Lynn Bowden Sr. 
  • Has one son, Lynn Bowden III
  • Major is undecided

Lynn Says

  • His nickname is “Six”
  • He chose Kentucky because he felt it was the right place with a great coaching staff and the most comfortable place for himself and his family
  • When he’s not on the field he enjoys playing basketball
  • One word to describe him on the field is “calm”
  • Other than playing in the NFL, his dream job is to manage his own business
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