Young's Priorities

LOGANVILLE, Ga. - Georgia commit Justin Young has high hopes for the Dawgs - even while he's not there.

Young, a three-star defensive tackle out of Grayson High, decided to commit early. He's a rising senior with another year left at Grayson before he moves to Athens, but he thinks the Dawgs have a chance to win the conference before he even steps on campus. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound prospect based his prediction off Georgia's new defensive staff.

"I think they're great - they're going to be great," Young said. "They have a great coaching staff this year. I think they have a great chance of winning the SEC Championship and maybe National Championship, too."

Young's been in contact with Georgia defensive line coach Tracy Rocker - the first of Georgia's first-year defensive staff to speak with the 2015 defender.

"He's a great defensive line coach," Young said. "He's a great guy - cares about you."

Young, who grew up a Bulldog fan, feels comfortable with not only Georgia's coaching staff, but its fans alike.

"I really grew up liking Georgia. There's nothing like playing with the in-state school," Young said. "Everybody already knows who you are. All the fans love you and care about you. It's just a grant fan base, too, so that's why I made my decision."

Young made the announcement he was committing to Georgia before finishing his junior season as a Grayson Ram, but didn't do it for the attention. He's trying to stay out of that spotlight.

"I feel like once you have all those offers coming on you get a little not focused," Young said. "You start worrying about non-priorities, so right now I feel like Georgia has always been in my heart so I wanted to go ahead and commit early so I can focus on my grades."

He also wants to focus on being the best team in the state, which isn't an easy feat. It's hard enough being the best team in Gwinnett County.

As a senior Young plans to take his team back to the Georgia Dome, and achieve the status it once held three years ago.

That's more important to Young than talking to recruiters at the moment.

"I might go up there for a few camps at Georgia, but other than that I'm just worried about my senior year - worried about getting a state ring," Young said.

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