Landon Young is a 6’7″ offensive tackle from the 2016 class. A Kentucky commit out of Lexington, Landon is considered a 5* recruit and the #1 prospect out of the state of Kentucky. Landon is by far the highest rated Kentucky commit in the Mark Stoops era and comes in rated as the 3rd best offensive tackle in the country, and the 29th overall recruit in the nation according to Rivals. He is a huge addition to the Cats and proves that Mark Stoops and company can compete with the big boys on the recruiting trail.
Landon was recruited to Kentucky by John Schlarman, who was able to get a commitment from him on June 14th, 2013. The Cats would end up having to fend off almost every major football program in the country to keep his services, however. Landon saw his recruiting stock make an epic explosion, and powerhouses such as Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Miami (Fl), and many others started recruiting him heavily. Luckily for Kentucky and the Big blue Nation, Landon’s heart was set on suiting up for the Wildcats.
Landon attended many camps and was always one of, if not the most talked about recruit attending. With his impressive size, and performances against some of the top defensive linemen in the country during camps, Landon saw his 3* status quickly turn into 4* status and after a short time, he received the coveted 5* ranking. Landon is a very versatile athlete who also competes in other sports, and was able to bring home the wrestling state championship in the 285 pound division. His agility will make his transition to the collegiate level come at a much smoother and faster rate than most college freshmen athletes.
It was an honor to speak with Landon about his recruitment, and he provided me with an excellent Q&A which you can read below. After reading, be sure to follow Landon on Twitter and show him the love of the Big Blue Nation here.
DC: At what point did Kentucky start showing major interest in you?
Landon: Some UK coaches came to see me my Freshman year, and I went to a Kentucky camp my freshman year. After I attended the UK camp, they offered me a scholarship.
DC: What were the Cats key recruiting pitches to you in your recruitment?
Landon: Talked about the new coaching staff, some of the players being brought in from that recruiting class such as Matt Elam, and of course the renovation to the stadium.
DC: For you personally, what was the deciding factor that led to your commitment to the Cats?
Landon: Kentucky was always one of my top schools. The program was and is on the rise, I was most comfortable at UK, and the players that were already on the team made me feel like I was a part of the team already.
DC: When did you know Kentucky was where you wanted to be? I know you committed during your freshmen year, but when did you know for sure you would end up at Kentucky?
Landon: I wanted to take visits and look around just to make sure Kentucky was the right place for me, but my junior year is when I knew 100% Kentucky was the place for me.
DC: It’s no secret that Drake Jackson, Kash Daniel, and yourself have become really close friends. What made you three so close outside from all three being UK commits?
Landon: With Drake, we camped together at UK and played against each other our freshmen year, and we knew we were on a different level which got us to talking and we became close. Kash and I met at a camp, and when I heard he had been offered by Kentucky, I started talking to him and the rest is history
DC: A lot of fans expect you to have an immediate impact at Kentucky. What is your personal expectations for your freshman year?
Landon: I expect nothing but the best from and for myself. I know that when I arrive at Kentucky, my 5* ranking goes in the trash. But I know if I work hard and show what all I can do well, I can have a shot to become a starter. Coach Stoops and staff have shown to give freshmen a chance on the O-Line as they (did) last year with big George.
DC: You have a current teammate who will also suit up for the Cats after next year in Walker Wood, and then another who Kentucky is heavily recruiting in Jedrick Wills. Have you two been actively in his ear about Kentucky and joining you both again at the next level?
Landon: Oh yeah, we are both in his ear all the time about Kentucky
DC: What do you feel is the biggest strength you will bring to Kentucky next year?
Landon: My agility, I am very agile on the edge. I am very long and lengthy as well as being fast on my feet and matching the speed of the defensive ends, which will not allow the pass rush off the edges.
DC: Do you have a message you would like to share with the Big Blue Nation?
Landon: For the Big Blue Nation I just want to say, be ready. Kentucky is on the rise. Stay tuned in, support the team, and enjoy the ride!