Troy Young confident in his ability

Safety Troy Young believes he can make an impact right away. Read on to see what he says about that, restoring a winning legacy, and more.

Mobile (Ala.) Christian two-star safety Troy Young is arguably one of the most underrated players of the class and, based on the coaching staff's positive pitch, it's no surprise that Young chose the Wildcats.

"I feel like I have a chance to start early," Young said. "I know that I have the chance to start at any school as long as I put in the work and that’s what I’m going to do.

"There’s going to be a lot of players wanting to see the field at a place like Arizona and I know I am going to have to compete to make my mark.

"I know there are some guys in the class that are currently ahead of me in a lot of areas but I like I said, I’m going to have to compete real hard out there and look like a veteran player who knows that they’re doing.

"I have to learn the defense, do all the drills that coaches ask me to and come to practice every day and work as hard as I can.”

Young admits that the transition to the power five level is not an easy one, but the commit understands that exceptionally high work ethic is crucial to competing at the Pac-12 level.

"I feel like I have to put a lot of time towards learning the defense," he said. "That starts in places like the weight room and breaking down film. The Pac-12 is so much different than what I’m used to in high school.

"This is a power five conference and I know that I have to bring my best every day to compete with the guys there.”

Young's style of play caters specifically to his physicality and reliability on the back end of the field, which has the safety bound for a significant role in Arizona's aggressive defense.

"This is a big physical defense," Young said. "There’s no doubt about it and I like that a lot. They obviously want me to play safety and I want to be that safety who plays all over the place.

"I can come down into the box, play over the top and whatever else the defense requires me to do. I just like Coach Yates and everything that he’s about. I trust everything about the defense.”

Restoring a winning legacy to Arizona is a priority for Young.

"I think this is going to be one of the best classes to come into Arizona this year," he said. "We have the athletes and the coaches to turn the whole program around.

"All of our guys are gonna come in and ball up real hard because I know we can. We’re going to bring that winning tradition back to Arizona.”

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