Landon Young looks to clarify comments on Ohio State recruitment

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Kentucky signee Landon Young attempted to clarify his comment that Ohio State "treated me like crap" during his recruiting visit, saying he has "nothing bad" toward the Buckeyes or their coach.

"What I wanted to clear up is I have nothing bad against Urban Meyer or Ohio State's staff," Young told The Columbus Dispatch. "They treated me with respect. They treated me like a king when I was up there.

"Everyone seems to think that he [Meyer] treated me like crap, and he didn't."

Young's initial interview with indicated that he didn't have a good impression of Ohio State and that he felt overlooked after being called an "insubstantial recruit." Those comments didn'tsit well with Meyer, who let his coaching staff know about his disappointment while also defending the way his program recruits.

"I did read it. We have a lot of respect for him as a player, a lot," Meyer said. "I was very disappointed in our staff that we didn't offer him earlier. Then about the treatment thing, we don't do that on purpose, if that's his feelings. I went back and talked to our staff about it.

"We don't want that to be happening, but that was one [recruit] out of 650 saying 'Someone has treated me bad.'"

Young told the Dispatch he was just sharing an anecdote about his interaction with Meyer.

"When they asked me an honest question, I gave them an honest answer and said I thought it was funny [Meyer] was so frank and up-front with me. And that's it," Young said.

A four-star recruit from Kentucky, Youngdecided to stay close to home after also weighing offers from Alabama and South Carolina, becoming the highest-rated player in a Kentucky class that ranked No. 35 in the country.

Information from ESPN staff writer Austin Ward contributed to this report.

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