Let the celebration begin: Landon Young is officially a Kentucky Wildcat.
Young, a four-star offensive tackle and the state of Kentucky’s No. 1-rated prospect, signed and turned in his letter of intent on Wednesday.
The U.S. Army All-American, who committed to the Wildcats in June of 2013, was the first player to commit for the Class of 2016.
Young’s stock has been rising rapidly in recent months. After earning a First Team All-State selection by The Courier-Journal, he was rated a five-star prospect by 247Sports following his performance in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The 6-foot-7, 270-pound lineman, who is rated the No. 6 offensive tackle and the nation’s No. 79 prospect, is the highest-rated commitment for Mark Stoops at Kentucky.
Young joins early enrollee, and JUCO transfer, Tate Leavitt as players who can immediately compete for roles along Kentucky’s offensive line.
The addition of Young will bolster a unit that was already expected to be a strength for the Wildcats. Senior Jon Toth will anchor the offensive line at the center position, while sophomore guards Ramsey Meyers and Nick Haynes will also return.
Whether he sees time on the field early or spends his freshman year learning, Young could be an important piece of Kentucky’s line for years to come.
Unless otherwise indicated, player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.