4-star athlete Lynn Bowden decommits from Indiana #iufb

Indiana has lost another early commitment from its 2017 recruiting class.

Four-star athlete Lynn Bowden announced Saturday that he has decommitted from IU, citing “unforeseen circumstances.”

Bowden, who gave the Hoosiers a verbal pledge in late February, was the jewel of the 2017 class. He was seen as a running back at Indiana, but may have also factored into the passing game. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect is considered the No. 3 prospect in the state of Ohio and a top-100 player nationally, according to 247 Sports.

“I would like to thank Indiana University community for the love and support,” Bowden wrote in a message posted to his Instagram account. “As you all know I committed in February to IU. It was (my) attention to play at IU but God has a different plan. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I am reopening my recruitment.”

Indiana was reportedly the first school to offer Bowden.

“I thought that was a shockingly good early commitment,” Scout.com analyst Allen Trieu said last month. “That was a guy who I think was going to get more offers. I think an Ohio State offer was a possibility, but even looking at the programs that Indiana beat for him this early in the process — Tennessee, West Virginia, Michigan and Kentucky had all offered — so for Indiana to get a kid of that caliber this early in the process I thought was outstanding and surprising.”

IU, which also lost three-star receiver Josh Johnson to Iowa State in late March, has three players pledged for 2017. That list includes Avon linebacker Bryant Fitzgerald, Carmel defensive end Britt Beery and Florida offensive tackle Tyler Knight — each of whom are considered three-star prospects.

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has said in the past that he expects this to be one of the smallest signing classes during his tenure in Bloomington and may not exceed 20 signees.


  1. Obviously, early verbal commitments by highly rated players are worthless. This pattern is not going to change until IU produces back-to-back winning seasons and begins to fill Memorial Stadium on a consistent basis. Look at the number of players from OSU that got drafted this year! I think it set a record. It’s incredible that they didn’t win back-to-back national championships with all the talent they had on that roster! Recruiting is everything in college football, and while Wilson has improved recruiting at IU, he has a long way to go before players like Bowden stop using IU as a place holder.

  2. We can’t get too wrapped up in early signings as so many players change even from major college football schools. 2016 is important for signing very good players so I hope what I saw at the Spring Game our defense will be better and if the offense steps up to what past offenses have done then this coming year could be a special year for IU. It takes a special young man to commit and stay with his commitment. Bowden could still end up as a Hoosier and why a RB wouldn’t want to come to IU with the success IU’s RBs have shown is beyond my comprehension. I wish Bowden the best but I am sure a quality RB will commit to IU down the road.

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