Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
On a night when the Hoosier basketball squad sent rival Purdue home with a loss, Kevin Wilson and his football staff secured a verbal commitment from four-star Athlete Lynn Bowden out of Ohio. Bowden is the fourth player committed to the Hoosiers 2017 class which now sits at 24th nationally according to 247 Sports. Bowden, 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, is rated as the 14th best athlete in the country, the fifth best prospect in Ohio, and the 162nd best prospect in the country.
He is listed as an athlete and projects to be a running back at the next level. His main recruiter at IU was running backs coach Deland McCollough, whose impact in his recruitment was "very, very, very, very huge." In an interview with Rivals.com writer Josh Helmholdt on February 16th Bowden said that "all the coaches connect with me and I like them." He added that, "(McCollough) just has been explaining how he gets the running backs good and that it is a good school to go to."
Bowden was in Bloomington for Indiana's Junior Day and took in the IU-Purdue basketball game. He calls the rivalry "very personal" from experiencing the Hoosiers 77-73 win over the Boilers on the hardwood. Bowden also thinks "the fans are great (and) the education facilities for the athletes is tremendous."
Bowden played mostly quarterback during his junior season at Warren G. Harding H.S. in Warren, Ohio when he rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also returned kicks and could be the dynamic player on offense and special teams that the Hoosiers have been missing since 2013. He holds offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Kentucky, West Virginia, Cincinnati, and Toledo.
This is a major victory in the recruiting war for Kevin Wilson and keeps the momentum rolling for a class that is currently top-25 nationally.