Top Kentucky signee Lynn Bowden cleared by NCAA to join team
Lynn Bowden, Kentucky’s top-ranked signee in its 2017 class, has been cleared by the NCAA to join the Wildcats football team.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops told reporters Saturday afternoon that Bowden received the go ahead Friday afternoon. He went through an individual practice Friday evening with coaches, then practiced with the team Saturday.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Saturday morning before Stoops later made it official that Bowden had received his clearance to play. He had been waiting approval by the NCAA clearinghouse for academic reasons.
Bowden was in uniform and present with other Kentucky players at an autograph table during the team’s annual fan day event Saturday morning. That included having a nametag placed on the table, with the same applying for the other players.
Long awaited signee Lynn Bowden with the wide receivers waiting for Fan Day autograph line to begin. pic.twitter.com/ybGAzpebOA
— Jen Smith (@jenheraldleader) August 5, 2017
That's notable. pic.twitter.com/q4WPWB2geK
— Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) August 5, 2017
Last Sunday as Kentucky began its fall camp, Stoops said he expected Bowden to join the team this week. Bowden originally was expected to enroll at some point before Kentucky opened fall camp despite his academic issues.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Bowden, who is Kentucky’s last member of its 2017 signing class to join the team, is expected to be a slot receiver, though he also could see time as a running back, Wildcat quarterback and returner as well. During the fan day event, he sat with the wide receivers at the autograph table.
At Kentucky’s annual kickoff luncheon last week, Stoops described Bowden as an “electric” player.
Bowden, from Youngstown, Ohio, threw for 1,366 yards, rushed for 2,277 yards and accounted for 57 total touchdowns at Warren G. Harding High School.
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