Grayson – Loganville, Ga.
No. 30 DE in the country
No. 34 overall player in Georgia
Georgia commit Justin Young had high hopes for the Dawgs long before he signed his letter of intent.
Young, a three-star defensive tackle out of Grayson High, decided to commit early. As a rising senior with another year left at Grayson before moving to Athens, he predicted Georgia to win the conference. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound prospect based his prediction on Georgia’s first-year defensive staff.
"I think they're great - they're going to be great," Young said. "They have a great coaching staff this year.”
Young stayed 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 not only with Georgia's coaching staff, but also its fans.
"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.
"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.”
HONORS: Scout.com three-star prospect, No. 35 DT nationally, No. 9 ranked DT in the South…Dawg Post No. 41 ranked player in Georgia… PrepStar three-star prospect and All-Southeast Region…2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State Class AAAAAA defense … 2014 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Class AAAAAA first team
SCOUTING: Young plays with a great deal of passion and has a very high football IQ. He diagnosed the plays extremely well, and made sure the rest of the defense was in the correct position before the ball was snapped. Young didn’t have any explosive plays, but he made the plays he needed for the Grayson defense to be successful. - Matt DeBary
LEGGE’S QUESTION: Young isn’t a project, but he’s going to have to continue to develop - can he develop enough after a redshirt season in 2015 to be productive by the time 2016 and 2016 roll around? He’s got a lot of defensive line prospects that have come in with him - might be better used as an outside linebacker in some situations?
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: I saw Young a few times over the last few years. He didn’t shine, but was productive against Tucker (one of the top teams in the state recently), during Grayson’s loss to the Tigers in the 2014 playoffs. Young is going to have to develop his lower body a little bit. He played defensive end for the Rams, but at 6-4, 255 he seems tall, but not big at that spot for Georgia, which lists him as a defensive end.