Aaron Young Talks Duke & Future

The West Coast has been good to Duke in recent seasons, but especially so with the recruiting class of 2015. We sat down with wide receiver Aaron Young, the 6-foot-4 target player who chose the Blue Devils over several regional powers to discuss continued recruiting, his role in Durham, and much more.

“My season is going okay,” said Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Valley wide receiver Aaron Young. “We’ve had some bad losses including to one team we hadn’t lost to in 10 or 11 years, so there have been some disappointments, but we’re also working on not getting caught up with the ups and downs, and just trying to be more consistent.”

For his part, Young has been strong. He leads the team in receptions (37), receiving yards (676), yards per catch (18.3), yards per game (112.7) and receiving touchdowns (10) through six games. It’s an improvement from a junior season that sparked recruiting interest from in-state and regional programs such as Cal, Washington, Colorado, Southern Cal, and Nevada.

“I feel that I’m a better player from last year, and I worked out this summer to become bigger and faster, but I also really concentrated on running the routes fully. One thing I really tried to do was compete in a lot of 7-on-7 tournaments, which really made me a better receiver. I added that to my work off the field to make myself a better athlete - a more physical player.”

Prior to his commitment, Young received constant interest from Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Those schools worked to establish relationships, but ultimately it was Duke who won the race. But is the race still going?

“I’m still hearing from some of the schools I was being recruited by before [the commitment to Duke], but it’s just letters these days. Others have backed off, and I think everyone knows I’m solid to Duke.”

As one of the better big receivers on the left side of the recruiting map, Young was recruited as a potential target player when the field shortened or when the Blue Devils need a tough catch in short or middle yardage situations.

“That’s what the coaches are projecting for me. Coach Faris came out a few weeks ago and we talked about next year and beyond. They are saying I’ll be a guy who starts out inside as a wide receiver, but I will also move to the outside depending on the match-ups.”

Amazingly enough, Duke was late to the recruiting party for Young, having not had a chance to scout the three star player before extending an offer.

“They saw my film and contact me after seeing it. They didn’t really say what caught their attention the most, but they initiated contact and asked me to come visit. Since I committed I’ve talked with Coach Roper, Coach Faris, and Coach Cutcliffe. Coach Faris and I talk weekly.”

In those conversations, Young says his future position coach has provided some guidance on what he needs to focus on before enrolling in June.

“It’s mainly about continuing what I’ve been doing. Getting faster and stronger off the field, and staying positive with what I’ve been doing. Just never being satisfied with any part of what I’m doing.”

Scout.com’s West Coast analyst, Greg Biggins, filed this recruiting report after watching him live this summer.

“Young isn't just big, he has very good hands and body control and surprising speed.”

“He was one of the better players we saw during the spring 7v7 circuit playing for BBT (Body By Tra) and was often un-coverable in games. He has a huge catch radius, uses his body to create separation and was making a ton of plays down the field. He's a serious red zone threat and has a very nice upside to him.”

Young reports current weight room maxes of 275 pounds on the bench press, 385 on the squat, and 255 pounds on the power clean. He measures out at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds with a best forty time of 4.6 seconds.

Scout.com considers him as a three star prospect.


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