John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.) linebacker Kenny Young has used 2013 to visit colleges all over the country. The 6-2 225 pound Young saw his recruitment pick up at the start of the year due to a very productive junior season, in which he made 81 tackles for the Patriots in their state title quest. With his visits for the springs now in the books, Young is making it a point to get to know the different coaching staffs of the schools that are actively recruiting him.
"I'm really just enjoying the process and seeing all of the schools that are interested in me," Young told TSD. "I'm really focusing on building relationships with the coaching staffs right now."
Young recently took in the Alabama campus to watch the Crimson Tide go through their annual spring game. While on campus, Young had the opportunity to sit down and discuss where he would fit into the Alabama program with the coaching staff.
"It was a very good visit," said Young. "I talked to the coaches and everything and watched the game. They told me about the guys coming back and all of the schemes for the linebackers and things."
Even though the talks with the coaches intrigued Young, something else stood out to the four-star prospect during his visit.
"Their fans really stood out to me," said Young. "I actually signed a bunch of autographs on jerseys and things like that up there. That wasn't expected."
With Young hailing from Louisiana, there have been questions as to why Young chose to attend the Alabama spring game over going to LSU's. For Young, it was simply an opportunity to see Alabama go through some sort of spring football.
"There is a reason why I decided to go to Alabama over the weekend," said Young. "I have been to LSU so many times and I just went to one of their scrimmages not long ago. I haven't had a chance to catch anything on Alabama during the spring because of the distance. The spring game gave me an opportunity to do that."
Young admitted that fans shouldn't read too much into the meaning of his visit to Alabama.
"Some people were upset about that stuff, but I've been going to and liking LSU since I was little," said Young. "I'm trying to just handle my business and see everything. People shouldn't read too much into it."
With the recruiting process in full swing for Young, there have been numerous schools, in addition to LSU and Alabama, that have been after the nations eighth ranked middle linebacker.
"The main ones that stay in touch are LSU, Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Miami, UCLA, Tennessee, Baylor, Ole Miss, Michigan, and Arizona State," said Young. "I can't remember all of them, but those stand out."
Young went on to explain that even though he doesn't have plans to visit any more schools this spring, he already has some visits lined up for the summer months.
"I don't think I will be taking in any schools this spring," said Young. "This summer I'm planning to take in Florida, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, and Michigan. It's possible that I'll be in Baton Rouge for a camp this summer. I probably will."
Malachi Dupre, a four-star teammate of Young, holds many of the same offers that the talented linebacker does. Because of this, the two routinely discuss the possibility of playing together at the next level.
"To be honest, we don't really talk about specific schools, but we talk about it all the time," said Young. "We like to clown around about playing at the next level with each other. It could definitely happen."
Young recently accepted an invitation to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game in January of 2014. Young considers it a great honor to be able to play in the game, something that he believes will get him ready for college.
"It was good. It's another huge opportunity because not a whole lot of people get to do that. I will get to compete against the best and I am truly blessed that I will get to experience that. I think it will be a great experience for me and get me ready for college."
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