Lafayette sophomore 'ecstatic' with commitment to UK football team

mfields@herald-leader.comJune 14, 2013 

Landon Young of Lafayette

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Landon Young, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound sophomore lineman at Lafayette, has committed to play football at Kentucky.

Young said he was attending a UK camp on Monday when Coach Mark Stoops pulled him aside after watching him in a one-on-one drill.

"He told me, 'You're one heck of a player, son. We want you to play here at UK, and we have a scholarship for you,'" Young said.

After talking it over with his parents, Young told UK he would accept the offer.

"I'm just ecstatic," he said. "I didn't think it'd happen this early for me."

Young started as a freshman on the defensive line for Lafayette, and also saw time on the offensive line. He will start on both sides of the ball this season.

Lafayette offensive coordinator Dallas Kingsolver described Young as "very athletic for his size. You won't see many kids run like he can at his size. And he's very smart."

Young showed his talent in other sports as a freshman. He finished second in the heavyweight division of the state wrestling tournament. He was runner-up in the discus and fourth in the shot put in the state track and field meet.

Young said getting his college commitment out of the way "takes a little bit of stress off my back, knowing I don't have to worry about it.

"It also gives me a push to work harder to be the player they want me to be."

Young said UK projects him as an offensive tackle.

Mike Fields


Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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