On Friday, 247 Sports named UK commit and Lafayette High School product Landon Young as 5-star prospect. For Kentucky, Young being rated as nation’s number 12 player in the Class of 2016 will make him the highest-ranked player ever to sign with UK. Earlier on KSR, we predicted that if Landon was to be bumped from a four to five star, it would come from 247. Other recruiting services may follow suit, but that world is unpredictable and at times disreputable. In my opinion, Young is a Top 20 player in the Class of 2016.
Going into National Signing Day, Kentucky Sports Radio has constructed an internal prospect data base. Information includes detailed film evaluation, projected impact, offers sheet, summary and much more. For now, here are five observations from Landon Young’s high school tape:
1. Optimal OT measurables (6’7 308); elite arm length and preferred height.
2. Understands leverage; uses defender’s momentum to finish block. Powerful with initial strike to influence defender direction. High Football IQ.
3. Natural and violent arm extension with heavy hands. Comfortable and effective blocking in space or within line of scrimmage.
4. Agile, light footed athlete with powerful core and lower body strength. For 6’7, low center of gravity and excellent balance.
5. Seeks/welcomes collision. Nasty by nature, finishes blocks with athletic ability to pull from OT across line of scrimmage to kick out edge defender.
Including the above brief overview, as we move closer to National Signing Day, there will be two additional pages of Landon Young evaluation that KSR will be sharing with our loyal readers. Additional information will detail fundamental and technical analysis.
Landon Young is not an early enrollee. He’s currently finishing his senior year of high school in hopes of repeating as a wrestling and track/field champion. In our evaluation, I’m not convinced Young will be automatically slated at right tackle. He has the arm length, feet, ability, and attitude to protect the quarterback’s blind side as a left tackle. That diversity is a personnel force multiplier. Expect Young to add 5-10 good pounds upon enrolling in summer school.
Mark Stoops and staff rolled the dice by evaluating and offering Young a scholarship as a sophomore. As for projected impact, stay tuned. We’ll break it down for you all in due time. Is it fair to project Young as a day one starter? Yes. If that is the case, John Schlarman will finally have the option to move George Asafo-Adjei to guard, his most natural position. Is it also unfair to place an unrealistic expectation on a high school senior that has yet to play a single snap of college football? Absolutely, especially at offensive tackle. Expectation management and patience are not the strengths of passionate fan bases.
Landon Young chose Kentucky over Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, and Florida. Stay tuned for more news. The next 48 hours could be significant for the Kentucky Football program.