On Jan. 9, 2009, Kevin Young ended his lengthy recruiting process when he officially committed to the University of Kansas. Young is rated as a four-star defensive end according to Scout, and a three-star defensive end according to Rivals. He is listed as the 32nd/33rd best defensive end prospect in the country and the fifth best overall prospect from the state of Kansas.
He is the fifth defensive end commitment for the University of Kansas for the class of 2009.
Young's recruitment has been a very lengthy process for the Kansas coaches. The Olathe North product originally committed to the program in the summer of 2008, but de-committed from the program after a visit to the University of Nebraska in November. KU left the offer on the table and continued to recruit him.
Young was expected to enroll early at Nebraska in order to participate in Spring football. The week before he was supposed to leave for Lincoln, he had second thoughts. He talked with the Coach, Mark Mangino, de-committed from the Cornhuskers, and renewed his commitment to the University of Kansas.
"I just got caught up in the hype when I visited Nebraska,” Young said about his switch to Nebraska in November. ”But Kansas is where I want to be now,” added Young.
“I talked to Coach Mangino and Coach Bowen and they asked me if this is really what I wanted to do,” said Young. ”After really thinking about it the last two or three days, and location never mattered, I just think Kansas is the best opportunity for me.”
The stand-out defensive end chose KU over Nebraska, K-State, UCLA, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa State, SMU, UNLV, Washington State, and Illinois.
Young is listed at 6'4", 226 lbs., and runs a 4.78 40-yard dash. He is a solid tackler and doesn't over-pursue very often. He plays faster than his listed speed along the line of scrimmage and is a very adequate pass rusher.
Like most of the freshman defensive end recruits, he will need to add bulk to his frame to play at the division one level. He has a hard time disengaging from blockers and doesn't use his hands properly. This should improve with more coaching and time in the program.
Competition at defensive end will be steep. Jake Laptad and Maxwell Onyegbule performed well in the Insight Bowl, but neither player is assured a starting position. Young will have an advantage over most of the other incoming defensive end recruits because of his early enrollment at KU.
At this point, it is unknown which of the incoming recruits will red-shirt, or if any of them will. Look for the level of competition to fuel a revamped Kansas defense and an improved pass rush.