Former 4-star recruit Landon Young claims that Ohio State and Urban Meyer “treated me like crap.”
It’s no secret college football recruiting is cutthroat. It’s a dog-eat-dog world on the recruiting trail for coaches looking to lure talented athletes to their programs.
One program at the top of the food chain right now is Ohio State, in large part due to Urban Meyer’s ability to recruit. Sure, the Buckeyes have always had a championship pedigree, but Meyer is a once-in-a-generation type of recruiter, who has a constant flow of four-star and five-star prospects headed to Columbus, Ohio.
Meyer is typically lauded for his incredible ability to woo prospects, but one former Ohio State target shared a story quite the opposite.
Landon Young, a former 4-star recruit in the 2016 class, recently spoke with SEC Country, opening up about his recruitment. Engrained in Young’s head is how the Buckeyes and Meyer treated him during the recruiting process.
“I had gone up to camp there (Ohio State), and they had treated me like a piece of meat, just treated me like crap,” Young said after being asked about the funniest thing a coach said to him. He did not have an offer at the time from the Buckeyes but that eventually changed.
Upon a return trip to Columbus, after being offered by Ohio State, he got a chance to ask Meyer why the Buckeyes “all of the sudden” put a scholarship on the table.
According to Young, Meyer’s replied by claiming Young was “an insubstantial tackle, an insubstantial player” before, but after reviewing his tape, he decided to extend an offer. Young noted he was the same size before and after the offer (6-foot-7, 270 lbs).
Meyer then asked Young about the other offers he held when he camped with Ohio State, to which Young replied, “I had my one from Kentucky.”
Meyer then reiterated, “Well, you were an insubstantial player with insubstantial offers from an insubstantial school.”
Young, who was ranked as the No. 219 overall player and No. 18 offensive tackle, spurned Ohio State and signed with Kentucky.