Bond With Bronco Coach Leads Young To Boise State

At a very early age Michael Young discovered that life is so much more than just football. His grandma taught him that the best things in life come from strong relationships, on and off the gridiron. When Boise State cornerback coach Ashley Ambrose began recruiting the 5-foot-11, 205-pound defensive back, a strong bond was formed.

On Friday afternoon Michael Young, (DB, Dodge City Community College) pledged to the Broncos, sealing the deal for his future learning under Boise State cornerback coach Ashley Ambrose.

“Coach Ambrose is the reason I committed,” Young said. “He always answers whenever I call and he’s always honest with me. In the recruiting process coaches tell you everything you want to hear. Coach Ambrose didn’t do that.”

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Young was raised by his late grandmother Mary McIntosh, a lady he says was a huge football fan. It was from her that he learned about life and what truly matters.

“She loved football,” Young said. “She loved the Kansas City Chiefs. She knew more about football than I do. Her whole room was filled with posters and things about football.

“She always told me that I don’t have to be what other people want me to be. She told me to be myself. She was a very selfless person.”

Even though his grandma passed away last week, she lives through Young.

“She was my biggest fan,” he said.

Young didn’t have any offers out of Raytown High School in Kansas City, so he enrolled at Iowa Western Community College. He redshirted for the Reivers before transferring to Dodge City, where he began to excel.

“The coaches and I didn’t click at Iowa Western and they redshirted me,” he said. “I went to Dodge City and I started every game. I love my coaches there. They show me love and support me in every decision I make.”

Last season Young started all 12 games and tallied 77 tackles, five tackles for loss, five pass breakups and forced a pair of fumbles. He did all this without a full understanding of the defense as it was brand new to him.

“It was a new program,” he said. “But this spring everything started to click. I started getting interceptions. It was great.”

A phenomenal freshman season plus his increased output from spring football netted Young offers from Boise State, Iowa State, Arkansas State and Troy. He said he had been talking to “whole bunch of other schools” as well. The Bronco offer intrigued him from the beginning and, like cream, the relationship with Ambrose rose to the top.

Young said he had his cousin, a former football player at Oklahoma State, talk to Ambrose to get his opinion and feel for the man. They both agreed he was the kind of person to trust and that Young would do very well to commit to play for him.

When Young finishes his redshirt sophomore year at Dodge City Community College, he will have two years of eligibility remaining to play for the Broncos. He is looking forward to learning and growing when he dons the blue and orange.

“I try to do everything I’m coached to do, but I try to be a player and be smart,” Young said. “Some things are just common sense. You have to think out there. I like to make plays and I really like to make contact.”

Young plans to visit Boise State this fall. has been covering Boise State sports since 2002. You can keep up to date on the latest Boise State news by following publisher Kevin Hiatt @Kevin_Hiatt, and lead reporter Chase Glorfield @ChaseGlorfield on twitter, by liking and following our Facebook page at BoiseStateBroncosOnScout, and by keeping your browser on the BroncoCountry website and message board. If you're a recruit who wants to create, or update a profile, or if you just have Boise State recruiting information to share, email Kevin and Chase at

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