Four-star offensive lineman John Young joined Matt Jones in the Hey Kentucky! studio Friday afternoon, and the future Cat gave us some insight into his college decision and what’s coming this summer for UK football recruiting.
Young says he took several visits during his recruitment, including stops at Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan, Purdue, Louisville and Auburn. But, after all of those visits, the University of Kentucky still felt like home.
“The coaching staff has been patient with recruiting, and they’ve gotten steadily better every year with their success. With success, comes good recruiting,” Young said. “When you’ve got a staff like that, that’s so personable… with them building a family atmosphere as well as having success on the field, that is just a recipe for some good recruiting.”
And Young doesn’t think that good recruiting mojo is going anywhere.
“In the coming weeks, I think we’re going to have a really big summer. I think we’re in a really good spot with some receivers, a couple running backs and a certain safety from the state as well.”
The safety he’s referring to is certainly four-star Bowling Green native Vito Tisdale, especially since Young confirmed with Matt he was talking about someone whose father has “Nappy Roots” ties. Tisdale’s crystal ball currently has Kentucky listed as a 60% favorite, with Louisville at a 30% and Oklahoma at 10%. Young’s recruiting pitches may be working.
Young might have also been referencing Izayah Cummings, a three-star wide receiver from Louisville Male High School. He’s clearly still working on that recruiting pitch, too.
Even though helping bring in the state’s top talent isn’t necessarily a primary goal for most fellow high schoolers, Young says it’s a position he’s come to enjoy.
“It’s been great. I love being able to talk to all these guys and kind of get to know them better and see what they’re thinking. Everybody I’ve talked to… I haven’t talked to anybody who hasn’t had anything but good things to say about Kentucky.”
Here’s a look at the entire Hey Kentucky! interview.