Michigan State remains in the running for one of the top remaining prospects in the nation.
Four-star Warren G. Harding (Warren, Ohio) senior Lynn Bowden, the No. 5 athlete in the 2017 class, got a visit from the Spartans on Thursday during the first week of the live period for recruiting.
Michigan State co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner and linebackers coach Mark Snyder made the trip to see the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Bowden, per his coach.
“(Warner and Snyder) were here at the school, met with me, met with Lynn and his mom, did a home visit last night,” Harding coach Steve Arnold told Land of 10 on Friday. “It went pretty well.”
The visit did not clarify any position in particular that Bowden would play should he pick the Spartans. He likely would be used primarily on offense as a slot receiver and running back.
“As Coach Warner said (Thursday), he’s a guy that you’ve got to put the ball in his hands,” Arnold said.
Bowden planned to visit Michigan State for its Sept. 24 game against Wisconsin, but the trip ultimately did not happen. Now, Arnold said he and Bowden are working on scheduling an official visit in January.
The first weekend of the new year in which coaches are allowed to host recruits, Jan. 13-15, is the target date for Bowden to get on campus, Arnold said, adding that Bowden doesn’t plan to make a decision in the next several weeks.
Kentucky, Nebraska and Indiana (to which Bowden was previously committed) have all visited him this week as well.
A standout quarterback for Harding, Bowden finished his senior season with 2,277 rushing yards, 1,366 passing yards and 57 touchdowns, per WKBN 27 First News.
Michigan State has also shown interest in Bowden’s teammate, wide receiver/defensive back Jalen Hooks, whom the coaches could not visit yet because he’s in the 2018 class.
“They like him on film a lot,” Arnold said. “He kind of reminds them of (former Michigan State cornerback and Harding alumnus) Chris Rucker.”