Indiana basketball wasn't the only Hoosier program to pick up a huge win Saturday night.
In fact, spiritually and for the long term, Kevin Wilson's might have been even bigger.
After an early and relentless pursuit by the Indiana coaching staff led by running backs coach Deland McCullough, the Hoosiers landed a commitment from high 4-star Ohio athlete Lynn Bowden. Bowden, out of Harding High School in Youngstown, Ohio, is the 81st-best prospect in the Class of 2017 nationally and the 3rd best player in the state of Ohio, per 247 Sports.
Yes. Really. Indiana landed a top-100 national recruit. In football. Hold on to your butts.
Bowden projects as a running back at the next level -- and assuredly was attracted to Indiana's recent success at the position with Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard, and Devine Redding. He'll also stand a decent chance to be Indiana's first recruit to participate in a postseason All-American game since [god knows when if ever I'm still researching this]. Per 247, he's Indiana's highest rated recruit since Cam Cameron pulled in future NFLer Stephen Williams out of Chicagoland in 2000.
Bowden tells Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports that he's "over the top" with his decision -- and that his relationship with Indiana's coaching staff made the difference.
The commitment gives Kevin Wilson four verbals for his first full class after his contract extension and raise this winter. So far, so good -- Indiana's class currently sits at fourth in the Big Ten and 24th nationally, just behind Texas A&M and ahead of LSU. Meanwhile, Purdue is still in last place with a total of [null set] recruits for the 2017 class.
Check out Bowden's Hudl video below. You'll probably enjoy it.