They start practice the second week of August, and for Kenny Young, that means putting his recruitment to the side. Once the pads come back on, it's all about the season, and his prospective colleges will have to wait until December.
So that made this summer a busy one for Young, as he visited four schools and recently narrowed it down to a top 10.
LSU, Ole Miss, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Michigan, UCLA, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State made the cut, and next up for Young will be cutting that list down to five.
"I could see myself going to any of those schools," Young said. "When I ultimately choose one, it will probably be from that top 10…Narrowing it down to a top 10 made it easier for me. When I break it down again, I'll consider the same stuff, just the pros and cons of everything. It's really going to be hard to name a top five, but I just need some time."
Young doesn't have a timeframe for when he plans to make another set of cuts, nor did he give any particular school an edge over the others. He does plan to take all five of his official visits after his season ends, then make a final decision on National Signing Day.
Young visited four schools this summer, including three of his top 10. Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss and UCLA received visits from the four-star linebacker.
That LSU trip came for the final full day of the Tigers' Elite Camp. He was one of the top performers that session, going up against promising young running backs like Nicholas Brossette, Jacques Patrick, David Ducre and Dylan Moses.
"I think I did pretty good," Young said. "I went against the best guys, so that's always good. I fought hard against them. I got to get coached by Coach Chavis, so that helps me get better."
His relationship with the LSU defensive coordinator is a big reason why LSU ranks so high on his list.
"We have a great relationship," Young said. "I've been up there like four times in the last year, and he always tells me I'm the type of player he could coach. That's why I went to the camp, to see what it's like to get coached by him. And I hadn't been up there in a while, so I wanted to go see them."
To this point, Young has played his recruitment slowly and close to the vest. Because of that, some have mistaken that for a lack of mutual interest between Young and LSU. But he denies that's the case, saying he knows he's a high priority for the Tigers.
"That's huge to me," Young said. "They're in my top schools, so I'm looking at them real hard. Me being a priority to them, that's definitely a good thing. It'll help me narrow things down."
But all that's about to go on the backburner for the 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect. Now he'll focus on improving his game and helping his team add more championship trophies to its case.
"I'm just looking forward to another successful year," Young said. "I want to get better as a player. I want a win another state championship and stay healthy. Those are the two main things."
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