Young posted a 4.4 forty this summer, and runs track for Berkeley High as well. With an explosive first step, Sean is solid catch and go to guy who could bring support immediately to the Bears on special teams and in 4-wide sets.
I had a chance to talk with Sean a few days ago, here is some of our conversation:
AWP: First of all, have you enjoyed the hometown feeling of being a future Cal player and student?
Young: Definitely, I think its going to be really fun. I know a lot of people who will come to my games, and its just a good feeling. I'm really excited about being there.
AWP: I know you only live a few minutes away from campus. Have you been going to Memorial games all your life?
Young: I've been there so many times, and I know what to expect. It'll be great to be on the field though.
AWP: I read that you run track as well as play football. Any other sports you enjoy?
Young: I played Lacrosse for one year. I loved the speed of the game, it was really fun.
AWP: Can you tell me a little bit about your most memorable game in High School?
Young: Well, the last regular season game of my senior year against El Cerrito is the most memorable. We actually won the game by one touchdown, but it was really one of my worst games. I just dropped some balls that I never do, I guess that happens to everyone. Concentration and all. I should have scored 3 times in that game, and it ended up coming down to the last 40 seconds all tied. We forced them to punt, and I returned it all the way to win the game for us.
AWP: Who are some of the more famous football players from Berkeley High who played at Cal?
Young: I believe the Cherry brothers both played at Cal.
Young: Yes, I think that was one of them. I think one of them played in the NFL too.
AWP: What major are you thinking about at UC-Berkeley?
Young: I am not sure yet, just want to take some courses, get started. I am excited about the academics Cal offers though.
AWP: Who is your favorite NFL Team?
Young: The 49'ers.
AWP: Who was the one player who surprised you the most in high school?
Young: Kyle Wright. I didn't play against him or anything, but I saw him at the camps and all. He was really good. Great footwork, great quarterback.
AWP: I spoke with Sam DeSa awhile back, another future Cal WR from Danville, and that's exactly who he said in response to that question.
Young: Yes, you can tell Kyle has a lot of talent. I know Sam and a lot of the other Cal players. I hang out around the campus a lot.
AWP: Have you met Cary Dove?
Young: Yes, I like Cary a lot.
AWP: Which game are you looking forward to the most at Cal?
Young: Stanford. I know USC is a big game too, but Stanford for sure.
AWP: Tell me about your practice habits. What drills do you enjoy?
Young: I love the one-on-ones. It's fun to show everyone what I can do. I have been to some of the practices over on campus, the 7 on 7's...and it was great.
AWP: Do you have a favorite musical group?
Young: I don't know, I like 50 Cent. He's tight.
AWP: What were some of the things the coaches said to you that helped make "Cal" the right decision?
Young: They talked a lot about the education side of Cal, because I really know the athletic side of what it'll be like. The education is very important to me. You can't go wrong at the #1 public school in the nation. It was impressive to learn how far a Cal degree goes.
AWP: What's your feeling about the academics at Berkeley?
Young: It scares you a little, but I'm willing to work hard during my time there. I'd love to play in the NFL someday, just like anyone else who plays on the team, but I know I'm there to get a degree.
AWP: Favorite course in high school?
AWP: Favorite type of food?
Young: I like Japanese food.
AWP: You have so many choices available to you living in Berkeley, it must be a fun place to eat.
Young: Yes, its unique for sure.
AWP: I read somewhere after you decided to attend Cal in August that you still wanted to see some of the other schools. Did you ever take their trips?
Young: No, I actually got to go to a lot of the summer camps...so I pretty much saw everything I wanted to then.
AWP: The most disappointing loss in high school was to whom?
Young: Hayward. It was the 1st round of the playoffs this past year. They shut us out, and it was a tough loss. For those who don't know that was the 1st time in 30 years or so that our HS has made the playoffs, and actually won our league. So it was tough to go out that early, but we all know we had a great year.
AWP: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Young: I guess, New York or L.A.
AWP: Your favorite Magazine?
Young: ESPN the Mag, SI. I like Maxim too.
AWP: The biggest influence in your life is?
Young: My dad. He pushes me a lot, and throughout HS he's been there...took me to all the summer camps. I don't know where I'd be without my dad helping me.
AWP: What do you like the most about playing in Jeff Tedford's offensive system? How do you see yourself fitting in?
Young: I think it's great. I know that the system he has does involve passing quite a bit, and that's obviously good for me. Unlike the past years, it was cool to see all the confidence the players have playing for Coach Tedford. It's a great system.
AWP: You know, that's a pretty important thing that you have on most everyone else in the class. You grew up around the recent history at Cal, and know the attitude from past players.
Young: Yes, I think it's a great fit for me. I remember seeing a lot of players down, and you can just tell the confidence every one has now. It's a really positive place.
AWP: The thing you like the most about Berkeley is?