Young is Wildcat Commit #16

With the loss of senior linebackers Spencer Larsen and Dane Krogstad the Arizona Wildcat coaching staff knew they needed to go out and get a minimum of two and maybe even three or four linebackers in the 2008 recruiting class. They hosted a couple this past weekend on official visits and they can now welcome the latest addition to the 2008 class.

DeSoto, Texas High School has been very kind to the Wildcats in the past and now the latest from the Texas hotbed of talent to join the Wildcat club is linebacker R.J. Young. Young was in Tucson this past weekend on his official visit and after returning home he decided to pull the trigger.

"The trip went great," exclaimed Young. "Cam (Nelson) was my host and he is a cool guy. I hung with him a lot and I hung out with Ronnie (Palmer) and Willie (Tuitama) and T.T. (Terrell Turner) and a whole bunch of other guys too. I had a great visit and I actually just called coach (Mark) Stoops and committed and he was real happy. He said that I made the team better and that he was excited to have me coming to Arizona."

Through the recruiting process Young has been able to build a good relationship with his lead recruiter and future defensive coordinator in Mark Stoops. The honesty of his future coordinator is what really makes Young feel comfortable.

"I like coach Stoops a lot," said R.J. "He is a cool guy. He shoots me straight all the time no matter what. He is always honest and he doesn't even try to play the games that other coaches do. He is the best coach that I have met in the recruiting [process] and he is just a cool guy and I want to play for him."

While in Tucson Young also got a chance to sit down and get to know his future position coach in linebackers coach Tim Kish and he liked Kish and all of the other coaches he met.

"Coach Kish is cool," he said. "I really liked all of the coaches and the players. Everyone was straight up cool with me and I really liked everything I saw and everyone that I got a chance to meet and hang out with."

Young went on to say that he is looking forward at the opportunity he has in Tucson, especially with his academics and his education. He also went on to say how excited he is to be a Wildcat.

"I want to major in Communications," he remarked. "I have a 4.2 GPA right now (5.0 scale) and I take pride in my grades. I am going to school to play football but I am going for the education too. I am just excited to be a Wildcat. I am happy that the recruiting is over with and now I can just move on and get everything done that I need to."

Young is the 16th known public commitment for the Wildcats in the 2008 class. The Wildcats are expected to sign a full 25 man class. Young should be joined by at least one more linebacker, most likely from the JUCO ranks, to help fill the void left by the graduation of Spencer Larsen and Dane Krogstad.

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