Cleveland WR Considered For UI Offer

The Fighting Illini football staff has enjoyed success recruiting players from the Cleveland area. Among those under consideration for a scholarship this year is St. Edward receiver Anthony Young. He talks about his game and the Illini in this report.

Anthony Young plays wide receiver for St. Edward in Lakewood, Ohio. Although he admits much work lays ahead for his team before the year begins, Young has high expectations.

"We should have a good year. Double sessions are going really well. We have a lot of young guys, but we are all getting better, and we are really fast. We lost a lot of size, but we are a very explosive team with a lot of experience coming back."

He has set simple goals for himself in his final high school season.

"I mainly just want to be better than last year and try to improve my route running."

Speed is a major strength of Young's game, who claims the ability to run a 4.35 40-yard dash. He shared other positive attributes.

"Speed is obviously a strength. I would say my strength and my hands are two big strengths of my game as well."

He also shares several things he would like to improve.

"Sharper cuts on my routes and still continuing to get stronger are things I want to improve on."

Illini assistant coach Steve Clinkscale has been recruiting the 6-footer. Although his recruitment has slowed lately, Illinois is a school that catches his attention if it offers him a scholarship.

"Yes it definitely does. I have a lot of friends there, and it's a nice campus."

Young lists the other schools involved in his recruitment.

"I have offers from Duke, Marshall, Kansas, Minnesota, Indiana, Northwestern, and a lot of MAC schools. Nebraska and Louisville are recruiting me pretty hard too."

Young has not visited Illinois but says he would like to do so. However, he is unsure whether or not he will be able to accomplish that.

"I don't know about any of my visits yet. I have to find time during the football season, but that is very hard with such a busy schedule."

With many questions still left in his recruitment, Young is undecided on when he will make his college decision.

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