If you tuned in to this morning’s KSR, you were treated to a great interview with future Cat and newly-minted five-star prospect Landon Young, who called in — even on a school day! — to talk about the US Army All-American Bowl, his new five-star ranking, and how much he’s looking forward to playing for Kentucky.
We knew Landon was a great kid, but his was one of the best interviews we’ve had on the show from a player ever, high school or college. With maturity beyond his years, Landon reflected on all the developments in his life over the past few weeks, and after listening to him, you couldn’t help but get a little excited about UK Football again. In fact, Landon said he’s heading to Lexington this summer with the goal of starting on day one.
“That’s been my goal from the very start,” Landon said. “I didn’t know how realistic that was when I first committed, but now that I’ve gotten to where I am now, I find that a very realistic goal.”
For that to happen, Landon knows he has to develop his body more, which he hopes to do this spring through wrestling and throwing the shot put and discus. (He’s a state champion, after all.)
“I’ve really gotta focus when I get in there on developing my body more. That’s been one thing everyone said on interviews, everyone said on analysis: he may have the athleticism and the movement and the feet, but he’s gotta get stronger, he’s gotta get bigger. Really getting in there and letting UK put the weight on me like they want to put it on me. I think with that, if I just keep working and keep working, a starting position is very realistic.”
Landon said one of the most important lessons he took from his time at the U.S. Army All-American Game was leadership. While in San Antonio, Landon said he, Drake Jackson, and Kash Daniel vowed to step up and put Kentucky football on the map.
“That was a big part of the whole week was leadership,” Landon said. “That was a big thing. Me and Drake sat down with Kash before we actually got into our week of practice and said, ‘This is our time to give Kentucky a name. This is our time to make Kentucky Football all the hubbub and what people talk about. We have all the traits, we have the ability to do it, we just have to go out there and do it. Not just do it but be a leader while we do it.’ Being able to go out there and, as you saw, we had Drake and Kash become offensive and defensive captains of the West. That’s a really good sign of leadership.”
Yes, it is. Listen to Landon’s interview below: