Meet the NEW Devils: Aaron Young

Signing Day profile of the Duke's California WR commitment

Aaron Young
Murrieta (CA) Murrieta Valley HS
No. 19 WR in California, Three stars
Committed on June 13, 2014

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 205 pounds

Recruitment: Young had east coast ties and eventually the Blue Devils made an offer and secured a visit in early June. From there Duke picked up the pressure and attention and eventually Young committed to Coach Cutcliffe over interest from California, Washington, Colorado, Southern Cal, and Nevada. Nevada had offered and Washington would make a tentative offer later in the cycle.

"I loved the place and love the direction the program is going in. I really like the coaching staff and what they're doing out there. I felt very comfortable on the campus and I think the football program is going in the right direction.”

"At Duke, you can get the best of both worlds, a great education and a rising football program. If football doesn't work out, you have a great degree to fall back on."

Young said he knew on the visit Duke was a great visit but didn't want to commit too soon.

“I didn't want to commit on the visit or right after because I didn't want to make an emotional decision," Young said. I waited a week, thought it over and then decided to go ahead and pull the trigger.

Early Impact: Young will walk into a very crowded and competitive situation with receivers already in place. As a bigger target, he may be able to leverage his size and skill set into consideration for the two-deep in 2015, but the smart money is on him spending a season redshirting.

Still, he 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.”

Scout Take: 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.

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