Young adding interest

After a big summer with the New Jersey Playaz, Mike Young pulled in several big offers and now he is looking forward to a big junior season.

The class of 2013 isn't looking like a banner year for big men, but Mike Young from Jersey City (NJ) Hudson Catholic is developing as one of the best. At 6-foot-8 and 210 pounds, Young is a talented interior player who is reeling in a lot of offers.

Young is one member of what is an absolutely loaded Hudson Catholic team. With that the junior post player has high expectations for what could happen this season.

"I am expecting a big season out of my team and myself," said Young. "I expect a state championship as a team. We have the potential and we have the talent, we just have to put it together. I expect myself to lead my team to the state championship. I have to be the player that I know I can be."

While he is expecting big things this season from himself and his team, colleges across the country have seen enough to feel he is worthy of a scholarship offer.

"I have offers from Florida, Miami, West Virginia, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, and some more," listed Young. "Also I have interest from Wake Forest, Xavier, and Baylor."

According to Young none of the schools are really standing out to him, and he says that all of the schools are roughly recruiting him the same way.

One thing that is interesting about Young is he is native to the Pittsburgh area. Young moved to New Jersey following his freshman year. When it comes to returning closer to the city where he grew up, Young says that isn't a big deal for him.

"It has nothing to do with Pitt or West Virginia," Young explained. "Those are both great programs and they are schools that offer a lot. Me being from Pittsburgh doesn't alter my thoughts on Pittsburgh or West Virginia, just like me living in New Jersey now doesn't alter my thoughts on Rutgers and Seton Hall."

While his original hometown won't play a role in his recruitment, Young does know what he is paying attention to when talking to coaches and visiting schools.

"I am just looking at how comfortable I feel with the school and the coaching staff," said Young. "I am also looking at the style of play at the school and just where I think I fit in the best."

Even with a plan in place for what he is looking for, Young says that he is just now beginning to sort through things on the recruiting trail.

"It is very early in the process for me," explained Young. "I still have a whole summer and two whole high school seasons. Things can change in the next year, so I really want to look at everything I can."


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