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5 Stars of Landon Young Analysis

Isaiah Hole, 247Sports

Isaiah Hole, 247Sports

Isaiah Hole, 247Sports

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.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

10 Comments for 5 Stars of Landon Young Analysis

  1. kyle heavy
    3:20 pm January 15, 2016 Permalink

    Updated 247 rankings:

    Young is 5-star, 12th overall (up 90 spots)
    Jackson is 4-star, 82 overall (up 62 spots)
    Daniel is 4-star, 101 overall (up 301 spots)

    • kyle heavy
      3:49 pm January 15, 2016 Permalink

      Jackson actually slid 7 spots and Daniel slid 3. My bad, I read it wrong.

  2. inside info2
    3:41 pm January 15, 2016 Permalink

    Great write-up Freddie. Thanks.

  3. kyjohn
    4:33 pm January 15, 2016 Permalink

    If Landon s good as advertised he should start.Clemson did very well with a Freshman starting tackle this past season.Lets’ all hope that Landon can do likewise.

  4. blueballs80
    4:54 pm January 15, 2016 Permalink

    Great news. His physical dimensions warrant him playing left tackle. Good thing is we have Tate Leavitt coming in so Landon can hopefully redshirt. Only question is can the OL coach actually coach this OL better than last season.

  5. LexJim
    3:05 am January 16, 2016 Permalink

    Landon’s family expects that he will be redshirted next fall so there is no pressure that way. Hopefully that will occur in order to give him the time to adjust to college life and build up his strength and weight some more.

    • Rsn2GoBlu
      9:42 am January 18, 2016 Permalink

      No way he redshirts. Stoops job is on the line in 2016. He will need the best players on the field and not sitting on the sideline in street cloths.

  6. keiths
    7:32 am January 16, 2016 Permalink

    Too bad these good players have chosen to play for the most incompetent staff in division one football. Everyone criticized Damien Harris, but wwho was the smart one?

    • WillySpankit
      1:15 pm January 16, 2016 Permalink

      A very small minority criticized Harris, and that minority is dumb. Sure, most of us were disappointed, but very few blamed him. And sure this staff hasn’t been as advertised, but if you really believe they’re the most incompetent in div 1 football, you’re not winning any awards on intellect yourself.

  7. cslang2
    11:35 am January 16, 2016 Permalink

    Not sure if he will come in having added any weight like freddie expects. He has to cut from 308 down to 275 or less for wrestling. But he will be in better shape than almost anyone else on the team if he gives his all in wrestling conditioning/workouts