Young Talks Coaching Change

Norco (Calif.) running back Kelsey Young talks about the departure of Coach Jim Harbaugh…

Norco (Calif.) running back Kelsey Young has been committed to Stanford since March, when he made the decision to follow in former Norco High star Toby Gerhart's footsteps. This past week, Young watched his future teammates take apart Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl 40-12.

"It definitely made me excited," said Young. "It affirmed the decision that I made, just the effort and the way they played."

The week took a downturn for Cardinal faithful when Coach Harbaugh left for the NFL. Did Harbaugh leaving affect Young's commitment?

"No, I didn't budge," said Young. "I still have a good relationship with the coaches and the players, I already feel like I am a part of the family."

The only thing standing between Young and his enrollment into Stanford is academic acceptance.

"The coaches have told me that I should hear in the next couple days," said Young. "It has been kind of tense, just sitting by my phone. I expect to get in, but I want to hear so I can kick back and relax for a bit."

Young reflected on what made Stanford the right choice for him.

"Education was the first thing, but it became an extra benefit," said Young. "It became more about how they have turned things around. Nobody used to talk about Stanford football, then with (Toby) Gerhart and (Andrew) Luck… now the whole team being successful."

Young is solid to Stanford, but some schools have kept in communication on the off chance he doesn't get accepted into Stanford.

"Most schools have stopped calling since I committed to Stanford," said Young. "I think that they see my transcripts and that I should get in. I still hear from UCLA and Northwestern, but they just call to check in."


Jake Worthen is a Northwest Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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