During the spring Young attended Arizona State's Junior Day, as well as one of the team's spring scrimmages. The linebacker was not only impressed with the usual aspects that stand out to the most visitors, such as the locker room, weight room and dorms, but also the unique perspective that he was presented with.
"During Junior Day there was a part where the coaches left the room," Young said, "and it was just the recruits and their parents sitting down with current players that answered any question we had. They talked a lot about the team being a family and how everybody was accountable for everything they do. The players really love being in the program.
"I also really liked the Barrett Honors College there. Academics are important to me."
The 6-1 214-pound Dedrick Young rushed for 1,696 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior, and also posted 89 tackles and five sacks. Scout.com's Southwest Recruiting Analyst, Jason Jewell, said in his evaluation that Young has a perfect combination of traits.
"Young has a unique combination of size and speed that make him a dangerous running back," Jewell said. "As a linebacker, I think he fits well as an OLB in a 3-4 scheme. He is athletic enough to make plays in space, hustles and can be an every down player. Dedrick starts on both sides of the ball and is an all-conference player both ways."
"Coach Patterson is recruiting me and told me that I'm an aggressive, downhill, quick to the ball linebacker," Young stated. "He thinks that with my speed (reportedly a 4.6 40-time) and the way I move laterally I will be a great fit for this defense at the WILL linebacker and that is where I play at Centennial. I really like the aggressive defense they (ASU) play. When I went to their practice I really liked how the players were coached. It's a downhill attacking style."
"Some of the schools offered me as running back but most of them offered me as a linebacker. It doesn't matter to me what position I'm going to play at."
Young has also visited Arizona's Junior Day and later in the summer he plans to visit some of the other schools who offered him such as California, Colorado State, Colorado, Northwestern, Oregon State, Utah and Washington. The linebacker added that he has not narrowed down his list of schools and doesn't have a timetable to when he will do so.
Young remarked that he is enjoying the overall recruiting process, but at the same time still needs to figure out some factors, such as how far from home, if at all, would he like to venture from to play college football.
"If I really like a school, I don't know if it will make a difference if it's close to home or not," Young explained. "But I'm still debating that. I want to go to a school where do I fit in the best, that feels like home, and see how well I get along with the coaching staff and the players. I'm probably going to take my time and make my decision later in the year."
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