By LARRY VAUGHT
He lives in Louisville and his high school coach at Christian Academy of Louisville is a former Louisville quarterback. His father, Lawrence, is also a former University of Louisville cheerleader.
Yet 6-6, 280-pound sophomore offensive lineman John Young explains he grew up a Kentucky fan.
“I have a grown up a Kentucky fan. My dad was always a Kentucky fan. He was cheering for Louisville because that was a way for him to get his college paid for,” John Young said. “But we have always been a Kentucky family. Nothing against Louisville. It’s a great program as well. It’s just always been Kentucky in my family.”
He already has scholarship offers from Kentucky, Louisville and Iowa State. The one from Kentucky came Saturday. Plenty more offers are sure to follow.
Young was one of more than 100 players at Kentucky’s junior day last week and called it a “great experience” for him. It was his first recruiting visit to UK — but it won’t be his last.
“I was really surprised how nice all the facilities were, and so was the basketball game (a UK win over Missouri),” Young, who has attended football games at UK as a fan, said. “I was pleasantly surprised would be the best way to put it. The coaches were all great with me.”
He had no problem being part of such a large group of recruits at UK. Instead, he says he enjoyed getting to know other players he had met at camps or seen film of at different times.
“It makes it more fun to meet different players,” Young said. “I still got to spend plenty of time with all the coaches and they talked to me about how much they liked my film.”
Kentucky did not sign an in-state recruit this year but Young followed closely when linemen Landon Young of Lafayette and Drake Jackson signed with UK two years ago. Both were starters in 2017.
“The coaches talked to me about being an in-state kid and how they want to recruit in-state,” Young said. “I got to watch Landon and Drake their senior seasons and like what they have done at UK.”
Christian Academy coach Stefan LeFors has not tried to influence his recruiting choices. Young says he’s helped him with being a “better football player” and has helped him deal with recruiting and what lies ahead in recruiting.
“I love the offense he runs and he’s pretty chill as a coach, which is nice,” Young said. “He demands the best out of us. He’s not chill if we are not giving him our all. As long as we stay in line, he’s good. He wants us to have fun but if you mess up or have a mental breakdown, that’s not good. He demands toughness physically and mentally.
“He wants the best fit for me recruiting-wise. He doesn’t try to influence me to attend Louisville or any school.”
Young insists he’s in no rush to make a college choice. He’s likely to attend camps at Kentucky, Louisville, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame this summer.
“Nothing is set in stone on camps yet,” he said. “I want to enjoy this process and make the right decision. I will be waiting until after my junior season at least to make a decision. I want to get to know the coaches better and know plenty about the academics at whatever school I pick.”
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