Deadline Approaching For Top OL

Sam Young, one of the best OL prospects in the country, says he'll cut his list by the end of May. That means over 25 of the nation's top programs will receive bad news as Young will then move forward with his top five.

Florida offensive lineman Sam Young (6-7, 280, 4.9) still denies a top five and claims over 30 offers.

"I will not have a definite top five decided on until the end of this month," said Young, from Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

"I've pretty much given a deadline for myself to have whittled down a top five by the end of May. I'm giving all of the schools that have offered me an equal shot right now. This month I'm going to let all of the schools out there showcase what they have to offer, and when I'm on the field for spring practice, I'm going to showcase myself to them.

"I'm looking for as close to a complete package as I can in a college. I'm looking for great academics, great athletes and a great program with a good history behind them. I also want to see where they're going to be heading in the future. I want to be comfortable with campus life and fitting in with the student body.

"Right now Penn State and Florida are recruiting me the hardest. They send me the most mail and handwritten letters. They've come on me the hardest from a recruiting aspect, and they told me they would. They've both been great on following up on their word," he said.

"I'm pretty much open to the entire country. I want to go to a program where I fit in the best, regardless of weather or distance.

"In the past whenever I've gone someplace cold, it has never affected me. My parents have told me that I'll miss the tropical weather we have here in Florida, when it's gone. But if I feel that I fit best somewhere up North or out West--then I'm going to have to go with my gut feeling.

"I want to commit to a program when I feel the most comfortable. I do plan on taking my official visits to figure out where I want to go," said Young.

"In the past month I've gotten written offers from Northwestern, Ohio State and USC."

Young has attended JR Days at Duke, Florida and Miami (first to offer).

3.4 GPA/1830 SAT (new version)--June retest

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