Earlier today, 2020 four-star offensive lineman and Christian Academy of Louisville product John Young announced on Twitter that he had “big news coming” later this evening.
Y’all stay tuned tonight.. big news coming ?
— John Young (@the_johnyoung) April 28, 2019
Tonight, Rivals’ No. 214 overall prospect and No. 24 offensive tackle in the nation announced that he has committed to the hometown Kentucky Wildcats.
“First, I would like to thank God for the opportunities I have been given,” said Young. “Playing college football has always been my dream. I would like to thank my Mom and Dad for always being by my side during this process and supporting me no matter what. Along with my parents, I would like to thank my sister and the rest of my family for always coming to games and helping me with this process. Thank you to Coach Griffee, Coach Magee, Coach Lefors, Coach Hilliard, and every other coach that has helped me along the way. I would also like to thank my friends and teammates for making me a better person, as well as player, every day. Finally, I would like to thank every coach that has given me the opportunity to play at their university.
“With that being said, I am shutting down my recruitment and committing to The University of Kentucky. I am so excited to be a part of the BBN family and begin building something special with this class.”
— John Young (@the_johnyoung) April 28, 2019
Young, a 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle, chose Kentucky over finalists Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue, and Louisville, among 24 total scholarship offers.
With Young’s addition, Kentucky now has two commitments for the class of 2020, both being four-star, Rivals250 prospects. Lamar Goods, a 6-foot-4 defensive tackle out of Oakdale, CT and Rivals’ No. 204 prospect in the class committed back on April 8.
Staying on the recruiting side, Young is also good friends with Kentucky four-star quarterback target Beau Allen, and is expected to be a major piece in not only bringing in Allen, but several other key elite targets for the Wildcats.
With Logan Stenberg, Austin Dotson, and Mason Wolfe each being seniors, along with upperclassmen Landon Young and Drake Jackson both having a maximum of two years of eligibility remaining, Young has the opportunity to develop early under star talent and earn playing time sooner rather than later.
As far as what Young brings to the table from a talent perspective, Kentucky picked up a self-described “nasty” run blocker with a hard-working attitude and will to win like no one else in the class.
Our own Adam Luckett had this to say about the newest Wildcat:
“Athletic tackle who moves people in the run game and plays with a high motor. Has the ability to play guard. Heavy-handed punch but not much on tape with pass protection. Likely needs a lot of polish there. Young is at his best moving in space blocking linebackers and safeties on screens, counters, sweeps, etc. Had serious interest from other big time programs.”
Back on April 17, Young sat down with KSR about his upcoming decision, where he said he grew up a Kentucky fan and “loves” what head coach Mark Stoops has done with the program since he arrived in Lexington back in 2012.
“(With) Kentucky, I grew up a fan of Kentucky, and I really love what they’ve done over the last year with their team,” he said. “Coach Stoops has really turned that program around. I love all the coaches up there, and I’ve visited there a lot.”
For Young, he looks at what the Kentucky football program has been able to do with high school talent and mold them into NFL talent. With five Wildcats getting drafted this past weekend, with six more already signing deals with teams as undrafted free agents, he knows he’ll have an opportunity to represent the state of Kentucky in the NFL one day.
“I’m going on my third year of being recruited by Kentucky, they offered me as a freshman, so I’ve really gotten to see the development there,” he said. “They develop players and turn them into high-caliber draft picks like they did with Josh Allen and Benny Snell. Those guys weren’t super highly recruited guys out of high school, Josh wasn’t really recruited at all, but they turned those guys into very high caliber guys who are going to make millions of dollars playing football. Just the way they’ve developed players is the most impressive thing for me.”
Most importantly, the four-star prospect told KSR that his recruitment is “100% shut down,” saying that he will not be taking visits or talking to other schools in the future. Without question, he will be signing with the University of Kentucky.
“My recruitment will be completely and 100% shut down after I make my decision,” he told KSR. “I will not be taking visits to other schools, I won’t talk to other schools, my recruitment will be shut down as soon as I make my decision.”
Watch his junior-year highlights below:
Welcome to the BBN, Mr. Young.