Florida Football Recruiting: Keon Young flies to the ball

The Gators are in the top 10 for the four star safety out of Lakeland

Gator fans cheer as the flags are brought onto the field during the first half of the University of
Gator fans cheer as the flags are brought onto the field during the first half of the University of / Doug Engle / USA TODAY NETWORK
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There was once upon a time when Lakeland High School was a pipeline for Florida Football. Ahmad Black, Chris Rainey, and Maurkice and Mike Pouncey are among the talents that migrated to Gainesville from Lakeland.

Hoping to restore that pipeline, the Gators are targeting a four-star safety in the program.

Florida Football: Young The Giant

Keon Young is a safety listed at 6'0" and 171 pounds, he is a consensus four star prospect with all four services, with 247 Sports rating him the highest at 232nd in the country and as the 19th best safety in the class of 2025.

Given his size, it is probably a fair rating. But Young also has moments where he plays like someone listed at 200 pounds rather than 171. When he gets the chance to lay someone out, he takes it. And when he needs to just make an open field tackle, he is adapt at that too.

Even in the air, his go to seems to be attack the body of the receiver to break up the pass vs swatting at the ball.

Florida seems to be in the lead to land Young. He just dropped his top ten and Florida is among the final ten.

Blake Alderman of 247 Sports recently made a crystal ball prediction that Florida would land Young and On3 has him at 97% in favor of the Gators. Juding by his top ten, Auburn and Texas A&M should be the only real threats to win Young over, but in the modern world of recruiting anything is possible.