Rated as the number 30 placekicker in the nation by the prestigious Kohl Kicking Camp, Jonn Young jumped on an offer from West Virginia, becoming the 12th commitment in the class of 2016. A rising senior at Davie High School (the alma mater of current WVU Mountaineer Jared Barber), Young earned 4.5 out of five stars as both a kicker and a punter from Kohl.
Young is also highly rated by Chris Sailer Kicking, one of the preferred outlets of current West Virginia assistant coach Joe DeForest. Young (6-1, 185 lbs.) has a five star rating from Sailer, ranking him with the highest level prospects in the nation. Current WVU punter Nick O'Toole was also a Sailer protege
"Jonn is an outstanding kicker," Sailer listed on his website evaluation. "He has a great leg and kicks with excellent technique and consistency off the ground. Field goals and kickoffs are strong and near the top of his class. Also a big time punting prospect."
Young is a prospect as both a kicker and a punter. He put 70% of his kickoffs into the end zone, and shows a consistent approach and quick elevation on his placekicks. Height and distance on punts are solid, but it's his placement that makes him stand out. From distance, he gets the ball outside the hash mark, and often on the numbers, and from closer range he puts the ball up high and often pins opponents inside their own 20 with no hope of return.
Young has attended multiple kicking camps over the past couple of years, and lists former Mountaineer Pat McAfee as his favorite kicker.