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Aaron Young had a nice day of celebration last week.
The Coatesville (Pa.) High class of 2019 running back, who ran for more than 1,600 yards and 23 touchdowns in the fall, picked up his first offer when Rutgers extended one last week. It was made better by the fact his class of 2018 brother, cornerback Avery Young, was also offered.
Both Youngs were at Rutgers for a junior day in late January, and Aaron enjoyed what he saw from the campus to the people in the program.
"The strength program really stood out to me," the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Aaron Young said. "I liked the new coaching staff. It was nice to ask the players questions on what they would change if they went back to where we were at."
Young spent time with coach Chris Ash, offensive coordinator Jerry Kill and running backs coach Lester Erb.
"We got a lot of time to talk to not only the coaches," he said. "We spoke to their academic (counselors) and their nutriution staff, so we got to see how it works behind the scenes to get the players where they need to be weight-wise, strength-wise. It's an amazing process."
What was Erb's message to Young?
"He talked to me about my grades and stuff like that," Young said. "It's a great campus. The coaches stood out a lot, just the way they taught everyone else and spoke to everyone."
"They kept it at about 40 kids and it was an elite camp," Young said. "We did a lot of drills, and we got a lot of 1-on-1 coaching with the coaches who were recruiting us. We got to see first-hand the intensity they have in their pratices. Their players were also there coaching us up, so we got a feel for how they got coached up every day, and what they go through. It was a good learning experience."
Young also checked out the campus.
"Their campus was really nice," he said. "It was kind of like an Ivy League school. It was peaceful. There were not a lot of people there, but it seemed like a pretty big campus. Overall, it felt like a nice school environment."