RECRUITING: Sam Young has 30 offers and counting

Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) offensive lineman Sam Young (6-8, 280, 4.9) denies having a top five. He's got a lot to choose from and claims close to 30 offers so far…including Florida, Florida State, USC, Miami (first to offer), Penn State, Michigan, LSU, Stanford and Ohio State.

Sam Young Profile

So far he's also taken unofficial visits to Miami, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford and USC.

"It's just too early in all of this to even begin to think about narrowing my list down to five," says Young, from St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

"I know that I've liked all of the Florida schools since I was young. I've grown up watching all of their games on television, and it's pretty appealing for me to want to stay in the state of Florida. They all play in very competitive conferences, and they're all always battling for one kind of championship title or another.

"I like how everybody starts from scratch at a program like USC. Everybody there, regardless of age, has to earn their position, and everybody is equal with each other on the first day of practice. I'm also really impressed with how they've won back to back national titles," says Young.

"Big Ten schools are known for producing great offensive linemen and that's why I'm considering a school like Michigan. They're one of those teams that's also always competing for a national title. They've got some great tradition there, and that's a rich conference to play in as far as tradition goes. I think that it would be neat to play there.

"I'm also considering Stanford as well. I like the Pac-10 and how competitive it is, and with a degree from a place like Stanford, you're set for life. I really am looking for a school where I'll be able to really value my education after college…I want to walk away from a program with a degree that I can be proud of because it'll just open up more doors for me in the future."

Young has attended JR Days at Duke and Florida. This summer he'll take in a 'Down and Dirty' camp in Tampa at St. Leo's College.

"I'd like to cut down my top five by early summer, and I'll make my decision after I take all of my official visits," he says.

"I've got great size, obviously, and I've also got great feet and flexibility. I can move well against some of the more talented defensive ends out there. I'm looking to work on getting off the ball quicker and to keep working on my strengths. I'm in a constant pursuit to improve myself."

Final JR (11-2) stats: 80+ pancakes

3.4 GPA/1300 SAT--June retest

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