David Young has been turning plenty of heads during his prep career at Edwardsville (Ill.) High School.
While the first thing that's been catching on-lookers attention is Young's 6'6", 280-pound frame, what's been even more impressive is what he's able to do with it as a two-way starter on the football field.
"When I'm playing defense my favorite thing to do is juke out the tackle because they are usually a lot slower than I am," Young says. "On offense, I love to pull and go block the linebacker because they are usually a lot smaller than I am.
"It takes a lot of people by surprise because I'm always the biggest kid on the team, so they're surprised I can move that quick and get to the linebackers that quick."
Young has dazzled Edwardsville High School fans and befuddled Edwardsville opponents with his skills, and now college coaches are taking notice as well. Young has scholarship offers from Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas and Kansas State, and said he's also been hearing regularly from Michigan and Illinois as well.
Indiana offered Young about two months ago, but it won't be easy to lure the St. Louis area standout to Bloomington. He admits the Hoosiers are currently playing catch-up with some of the others on his list.
"I'd put Indiana about sixth right now," Young said.
It's not difficult to decipher why so many major conference schools are interested in Young. It's a combination of size and skill that make him a candidate to play on either side of the ball, although he admits he'd rather play on the offensive line.
"(Indiana's coaches) love my footwork, and they say they're looking for linemen who have great footwork and athleticism and are really strong," said Young, who added IU's coaches have been by his high school twice. "My biggest strength is my footwork and my quickness."
While IU might not be Young's frontrunner right now, it does appear it will have time to play catch up. That's because Young doesn't intend to make a decision anytime soon.
"More than likely I'll make a decision after my season so the coaches can see me play my best," Young said.
Interest Growing In Young
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