Lynn Bowden (Bill Greene)

NSD 2017: Kentucky Wildcats Offensive Signee Bios

Player bios for the 11 offensive signees in UK's 2017 football recruiting class, including four-star wide receiver/athlete Lynn Bowden (pictured above).

Josh Ali, Wide Receiver, 6-0, 180, Fr-HS, Hollywood, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna) – Three-star prospect by all major recruiting services … ranks him the No. 32 wide receiver in the talent-rich state of Florida … Scout says “He glides and moves effortlessly when navigating the open field and does a good job of sticking his foot in the dirt when getting into his breaks and making cuts, and really keeps defenders on their toes by not giving away his route” … Caught 43 passes for 805 yards and four receiving TDs in 2016 in helping lead the Lions to a 10-5 overall record and an appearance in the Class 3A state championship game … Named first-team All-County … Also had one kickoff return for a touchdown … Hauled in 56 passes for 896 yards and 15 scores as a junior at University School in Ft. Lauderdale … Coached by Dameon Jones at Chaminade … High school teammate of fellow 2017 signee Chris Whittaker … Chose Kentucky over Central Florida, South Florida, Utah, Cincinnati and West Virginia – 

Coach Stoops says: “Josh is a very polished wide receiver and an explosive athlete with the ball in his hand. He has the skills to play both as an inside receiver and an outside receiver.”

Lynn Bowden, Athlete, 6-1, 190, Fr-HS, Youngstown, Ohio (Warren Harding) –  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 touchdowns … 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 … 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 excels in basketball, averaging 24.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game as a senior …. Picked Kentucky after offers from Penn State, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan and others … Name is pronounced "Bowden (BO-den)"

Coach Stoops says: “Lynn is one of the most explosive high school athletes we’ve signed at Kentucky. He’s extremely dynamic with the ball, a play maker who can play multiple positions.”

Sebastien Dolcine, Offensive Tackle, 6-4, 300, Fr-HS, Hollywood, Fla. (Miramar) –  Offensive line prospect who only began playing football in high school and shows plenty of potential … 247Sports ranks him as a three-star prospect and the No. 78 offensive guard in the nation … ESPN scouting report says, “Tough, physical OL prospect … displays excellent functional strength and good initial quickness in ability to set” … Helped Miramar finish 8-3 overall … Coached by Pierre Senatus … Picked Kentucky over Central Florida, Wake Forest, South Florida and N.C. State … Name pronounced “Dolcine (dole-SEEN)”

Coach Stoops says: “Sebastien has great punch and is very athletic. He has a high ceiling in the weight room and on the field.”

Austin Dotson, Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 310, Fr-HS, Belfry, Ky. (Belfry) – A three-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports … Ranks as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the Commonwealth by ESPN … A three-year starter for Coach Phillip Haywood, who said, “He’s a very physical blocker. He’s one of these guys who would really get after you and stay after you until the whistle blows. And if we score a touchdown, he’d be the first one down there in the end zone patting the guy on the back or tossing him in the air. He just loves playing on the line” … Named to The Courier-Journal’s 2016 All-State Football Team as a first-team selection after being a second-team member as a junior … Also named to the AP All-State First Team … Played right tackle on a massive offensive line that helped the Pirates average 347.1 rushing yards and 44.1 points per game … Helped Belfry win its sixth overall, including fourth straight Class 3-A State championship with a 52-31 win over Central in 2016 … Member of the Kentucky squad in the Best of the Bluegrass All-Star Game … Chose Kentucky over Charlotte, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic and Marshall. 

Coach Stoops says: “Austin has great size and comes from a program that won four straight state championships. He plays with the aggressiveness you need at that position.”

Isaiah Epps, Wide Receiver, 6-2, 185, Fr-HS, Jenks, Okla. (Jenks) – A big, talented wide receiver who had a breakout senior season for Coach Allan Trimble at Jenks … Set a Jenks receiving record with 1,209 yards in 2016 with 59 catches and 12 touchdowns, along with 10 rushes for 76 yards and a score … Helped lead the Trojans to an 11-1 overall record with their only loss coming in the 6AI semifinal playoff game … Earned District 6A-1 Offensive Player of the Year … Named third-team All-State by The Oklahoman … Rivals lists him as a three-star wide receiver and ranks him as the 21st-best wide receiver in Oklahoma … Justin Rowland says, “Epps is a fascinating prospect because he was a basketball guy for most of his life and is really new to football. You would expect him to be a really raw player but he has taken to the sport very quickly and has proven himself a natural athlete and pass-catcher. He comes from a real powerhouse program at Jenks out in Oklahoma and his coaches were convinced that if he had played for longer and gotten more exposure then he would have had offers from almost everybody. There's a little Keenan Burton in his game” … Also lettered in basketball and track & field at Jenks … Older brother, Carson, is currently a wide receiver at Iowa State … Chose Kentucky over offers from Illinois, Missouri State and Kansas State.

Coach Stoops says: “Isaiah comes from one of the top programs in the state of Oklahoma. He showed great hands in high school and has huge upside.”

Javonte Richardson, Wide Receiver, 6-4, 230, Fr-HS, Maple Heights, Ohio (Maple Heights) – Four-star recruit who thrived as a wide receiver and safety for Coach Devlin Dulliver at Maple Heights… ranks him the 12th-best player in the state of Ohio and 24th-best wide receiver in the 2017 class … ESPN scouting report says, “(Javonte) is tall with great length and good bulk. Possesses good foot quickness. Very good route runner who can separate in man and find soft spots in zone. Has strong hands, good leaping ability and the body control to make difficult catches. Fearless over the middle and powers through arm tackles. Willing blocker in the run game” … Rivals ranks him as the No. 84 recruit in the entire class of 2017 and the No. 2 recruit in Ohio … Rated as the 31st best wide receiver in the class of 2017 by 247Sports … Compiled 1,190 all-purpose yards with eight touchdowns as a senior … Also returned kicks … Three-time Lake Erie League all-star … Nominated for the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Finished with 38 receptions for 504 total yards and seven TDs as a junior despite battling a back injury … Also had eight interceptions on defense … Earned honorable mention to the AP Northeast Ohio Lakes District Team in 2015… An all-around athlete who also lettered in track and basketball at Maple Heights … Chose Kentucky over offers from Michigan and Michigan State … Name pronounced “Javonte (Jay-VEE-on-tay)”

Coach Stoops says: “Javonte has physicality and speed. He also has the size and aggressiveness we look for in an SEC wide receiver.”

Naasir Watkins, Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 300, Fr-HS, Laurel, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel) – A three-star offensive line prospect by all four major recruiting services … Played tackle and tight end in high school as he possesses an uncommon level of athleticism for a high school lineman … Ranks as the No. 19 recruit in the state of Maryland and the No. 92 overall offensive tackle in his class according to 247 Sports … lists Watkins as 94th-best offensive tackle in the nation …’s scouting report says, “Watkins is a prospect with some raw ability and upside. Good height and bulk with a frame and build that can still be reworked some to carry and better maximize more mass. Displays good strength though room to improve and while good sized he still looks to have youthful type build” … Earned second-team All-Sentinel by The Sentinel Newspapers … Named second-team All-Conference defense by the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) … Coached by Bill Milloy … Chose Kentucky over offers from Bowling Green, Ohio, Dartmouth and Coastal Carolina … High school teammate of fellow 2017 signee Josh Paschal … Name pronounced “Naasir (nah-SEAR)”

Coach Stoops says: “Naasir has good size and the ability to change directions quickly. He loves playing the game and has a bright future.”

Danny Clark, Quarterback, 6-2, 230, Fr.-HS, Columbus, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban) – Rated among the top 15 pro-style quarterbacks nationally in the 2017 class … Four-star recruit by ESPN and Scout … Ranked as the 26th best QB overall and No. 2 in the state of Ohio by Scout … A three-star prospect 247sports and Rivals … Four-year letter winner and starter who played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Massillon High School before transferring to Archbishop Hoban … Led the Knights to back-to-back Division III state titles … Coached by Tim Tyrrell at Hoban... Helped lead Hoban to a 14-1 record in 2015 with a Division III state title … Followed with another championship in 2016 by defeating Trotwood-Madison 30-0 in the finals … Completed 7-of-10 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for a 34-yard score in the title game … Finished his senior season 117-of-213 passing for 2,122 yards and 15 TDs … Named second-team MaxPreps/JJHuddle All-Ohio and was an All-League selection … Elected captain at Hoban as a junior and senior … Became the first freshman to start a varsity game at Massillon …. Left-handed … Picked UK over Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama, Miami and Florida State.

Personal: Born in Columbus, Ohio ... Son of Jeff and Tiffany Clark … Major is undecided.

Coach Stoops on Clark: “Danny is an exceptional leader, competitor and winner, having led his team to two state championships.”

Bryant Koback, Running Back, 6-0, 200, Fr.-HS, Holland, Ohio (Springfield) – A three-star recruit by 247Sports who is rated the No. 37 running back in 2017 … Was set to have a standout senior season, even rushing for a school-record 375 yards and six touchdowns in a win over Perrysburg, before suffering a season-ending leg injury the following game … Prior to the injury, Koback had rushed 93 times for 1,096 yards and an impressive 21 total touchdowns (19 rushing and two receiving) in four games … Also had seven catches for 154 yards and two scores … Rushed for 2,015 yards and 31 touchdowns on 194 carries as a junior … Named Division II first-team All-State by The Associated Press in 2015 … Compiled over 100 yards in every full game he played, totaling more than 400 all-purpose yards a game … Overall, totaled 57 career touchdowns and over 4,400 all-purpose yards in his prep career … A four-year letter winner and three-year starter at Springfield who was elected team captain as a junior and senior … Coached by Pat Gucciardo … Also lettered two seasons in track and field … Chose UK over West Virginia, Georgia and Northwestern.

Personal: Born in Toledo, Ohio ... Son of Mary Koback … Major is undecided.

Coach Stoops on Koback: “Bryant is a great kid and a home run threat on the field.  He is an electric runner, with excellent vision and top-end speed.”

Clevan Thomas Jr., Wide Receiver, 5-11, 190, Fr.-HS, Miami, Fla. (Charles W. Flanagan) –  Three-star recruit who is ranked as one of the nation’s top 100 receivers by every major scouting service … Scout says, “Thomas is a pass catcher that flashes a great burst when getting in and out of his breaks.” … Contributed at several positions for the District 12-8A champions and regional semifinalist Falcons in 2016, playing defensive back, wide receiver and tight end … Named to the Broward Football 8A-6A Offense First Team as a receiver … Caught nine TD passes as a junior in helping lead the Falcons win the 2015 Class 8A state championship … A three-year letter winner and starter for coach Stanford Samuels Jr. … Father, Clevan Thomas, was a defensive back at Florida State in the 1990s … Chose UK over Michigan, Louisville and Syracuse.

Personal: Born in Miami, Fla. ... Son of Yera and Clevan Thomas … Major is sociology with a minor in criminology with aspirations of being in the FBI.

Coach Stoops on Thomas: “Clevan is an exciting wide receiver, an extremely tough competitor who has shown the athletic ability to play multiple positions. His father was a great player at Florida State and I see a lot of the same qualities in Clevan.”

Walker Wood, Quarterback, 6-0, 190, Fr.-HS, Lexington, Ky. (Lafayette) –  Three-star recruit by every major recruiting service … Rated as the No. 24 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 class by Rivals … Completed 203 of 321 passes (63.2 percent) for 3,047 yards and 30 touchdowns in leading the Lafayette Generals to a 13-2 overall record and an appearance in the Class 6-A championship game for the second straight year … Also rushed for 1,321 yards and 31 touchdowns and averaged 6.6 yards per carry … Received the Paul Hornung Award, given by the Louisville Quarterback Club to the state’s top player and was a first-team All-State selection by the Courier-Journal … Lexington’s Player of the Year by the Herald-Leader … Earned All-USA Kentucky Football Offensive Player of the Year and First Team honors by USA Today … Candidate for Kentucky’s Mr. Football award … Named third-team All-State by The Courier-Journal as a junior after totaling 43 touchdowns (22 rushing, 21 passing) and leading Lafayette to the Class 6-A state final … Saw varsity action as a freshman and finished his career with 8,230 passing yards and 74 touchdowns, along with 4,199 rushing yards and 73 touchdowns … Elected team captain as a junior and senior … Four-year starter for coach Eric Shaw … High school teammate of current UK offensive lineman Landon Young … Chose UK over Louisville, Ohio and Wake Forest.

Personal: Born in Lexington, Ky. ... Son of Tom and Wesley Wood … Major is undecided.

Coach Stoops on Wood: “Both of the quarterbacks in this class have similar qualities – Walker is an exceptional leader, competitor and winner. He’s a dual-threat quarterback who can be the most dangerous when a play breaks down.”

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