Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park coach Shawn Raney got his first glimpse of Perry Young as a freshman, when the recent Arkansas State commit was placed on the Jaguars' varsity.
"We are the 7-A, the largest classification in Alabama, and to play as a freshman is special,'' said Raney, who was coaching across town at Hoover High at the time.
"He has been a starter in this league for three years. Everyone knows who he is. He is a great football player."
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Young committed to Red Wolves coach Blake Anderson following the Red Wolves' game with Missouri on Saturday.
"I think he is an SEC talent,'' said Raney.”He just does not fit their measurable. I think Arkansas State is going to get a good one. He is just a good football player."
Raney said the Jaguars played Young at the rover spot last season but moved him to weak side linebacker this season.
"We saw on film everyone was running away from him so we moved it so they couldn't as much. I think he might eventually be a linebacker."
Young is holding six scholarship offers, Cincinnati, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville (Ala.) State and Arkansas State.
Raney said Young earn all-region honors last season and has been nominated for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game.
“The thing that means the most to people down here are all-state honors and being nominated for the all-star game. He will get a lot of votes.”
Raney said Young has “about 2 percent [body fat] and is an outstanding young man.
Young also runs track. He finished seventh in the region in 200 meters and ran a leg on the Jags’ 4x100 relay team.
Spain Park (3-1) faces a big game on Friday at Hewitt-Trussville, a contest the Jags lost 64-63 last year in four overtimes.
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