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FB Forecast: WR Aaron Young

The final player by player preview is a freshman who will figure into the rotation after spending this season redshirting.

Aaron Young

Position:

WR

Height/Weight:

6-foot-2 / 200 pounds

High School:

Murrieta (CA) / Murrieta Valley

Year:

Freshman

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2014 Review

Young was a three star prospect.  He was considered the No. 19 wide receiver prospect in the talent-rich state of California. 

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2015 Preview

There’s a lot of highly recruited wide receivers on the roster in Durham, and aside from Max McCaffrey there’s not a lot of security on the depth chart according to comments made by head coach David Cutlciffe over the last week or two.  Young has the chance to move up the depth chart if he can prove himself among most consistent and sure-handed of the receivers.  

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TDD Projection

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.” 

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How he ended up in Durham

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. 

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High School Highlights

Four-year letterwinner at Murrieta Valley High School under coaches Greg Ireland, Vinny Fazio and George Wilson ...finished senior year with 61 receptions for 1,083 yards and 16 TDs ... named to the All-Southwestern League first team ... selected to play in the 2015 West Coast Bowl ... as a junior, tallied 38 catches for 605 yards and three TDs ...  [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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