Profile: Avery Young
High School: Coatesville (Pa.) High
Scouting Report: Young can play receiver and cornerback, which is where he was recruited to play by the Scarlet Knights. He is from a talent-producing program about two hours from the Rutgers campus, and developing a relationship with them is important.
What jumps out about Young are his loose hips, which enables him to change direction quickly as he tracks a receiver in and out of his breaks. His length and willingness to be physical at the line of scrimmage fit into what coach Chris Ash wants in a cornerback.
Young is comfortable being a press cornerback, and re-routing the receiver is a big part of his game, but he has to show an ability to run at a high speed to cover down the field and across the middle on longer routes since Rutgers does not want to play with safety help.
When playing with a cushion, Young is comfortable reading the quarterback and breaking on the ball. He drives well and explodes on balls thrown in front of him, but he must develop a bit more body control to improve his tackling in space.
Whether playing receiver or defensive back, Young is physical at the snap of the ball. On defense, he is willing to take on a blocker, shed the block and make the tackle. He is a good form tackler. He possesses good ball skills.
Although Young possesses the strength to excel on the high school level, he has to get stronger in the upper body to deal with 21-year-old college receivers. He will have to increase his strength so he can be more effective at the line of scrimmage so he can get off blocks and re-route receivers, and so he does not get out-muscled for balls thrown down the field.
Final Analysis: Young is what Rutgers craves in a cornerback. He has length, athleticism, is physical and likes playing press man coverage. Increasing his top-end speed and increasing his strength are keys before he gets on the field. It should also help Rutgers immeasurably with class of 2019 running back Aaron Young, who is Avery's brother. The younger Young already holds multiple offers, including one from the Scarlet Knights.