Kentucky signee: Urban Meyer 'treated me like crap' during recruitment process
Apparently there are even more sour grapes coming from the SEC.
Kentucky’s top 2016 recruit, four-star OL signee Landon Young, did a Q&A with seccountry.com and he was asked about a funny story during his recruitment.
Young didn’t recall a funny story. Instead, he talked about his recruitment from Ohio State and how Urban Meyer “treated him like crap” throughout the whole process.
Here’s the story from SEC Country in its entirety:
“It may not be the best thing, but actually, I was at Ohio State having a private meeting with Urban Meyer. I had gone up to camp there, and they had treated me like a piece of meat, just treated me like crap. By that time, I was a four-star tackle. I weighed about 270 [pounds], and I was 6-7.
I wasn’t even on their radar. I came back up after they offered me. Four straight days, I got (offers from) the University of Cincinnati, Alabama, Auburn and then Ohio State. I went up and said, ‘Coach (Meyer), what was the reason that you all of a sudden offered me?’ He said, ‘We looked at your tape, and it was pretty good and I saw interest in that.’ I said, ‘Well coach, back when I was just committing to Kentucky and keeping my options open, I came up to a camp and sent you my film and everything, and you didn’t even reply. It seemed like y’all just deleted it.’
He said, ‘Well, if you look back at that time, you were how big?’ I said, ‘6-7, 270, just like I am now.’ He said, ‘Well, you were an insubstantial tackle, an insubstantial player,’ so he was saying I (didn’t) even amount to being able to be recruited by Ohio State as a four-star tackle. He said, ‘Now what offers did you have?’ I said, ‘I had my one from Kentucky,’ and he said, ‘Well, you were an insubstantial player with insubstantial offers from an insubstantial school.’
That sort of put me on a bad note because that’s the team I’m committed to. He called me a bad player at that. That doesn’t usually sit well with kids. I may not have been the best, but saying I was an insubstantial player sort of hit me the wrong way.”
This is only one side of the story, and the conversation could’ve gone differently than the exact way in which Young recalled it. If that is indeed what happened, Young isn’t the first or last recruit to get similar treatment. With the amount of film coaches have to go through, not every four-star kid gets an immediate offer.
And Young only visited Kentucky, his hometown school, and Ohio State. It wouldn’t be surprising if he felt more respected at Kentucky. If Meyer did call the kid an “insubstantial player” with “insubstantial offers” from an “insubstantial school” then that’s obviously not a good look.
We can’t determine what Young said as fact, and Meyer will likely never address the issue.
In the end, it wasn’t a fit for both sides. That much we can see.