Young ready to focus on recruiting

Fresh off a third consecutive state championship, Kenny Young is ready to put his focus on recruiting. With a top six of LSU, Florida State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Miami and UCLA, Young will start to narrow things down and take his official visits. He talks about his plans for the next two months in this update.

NEW ORLEANS — Now that Kenny Young has accomplished his primary goal — winning a third consecutive state championship — he's ready to focus on the next step of his playing career.

"I just put recruiting on the backburner the whole season," Young said. "We had two losses and that really made me mad, so I haven't really had much contact with coaches on the phone. Now that we've won state, I'm getting into recruiting pretty hard and trying to get things narrowed down so I can make a life changing decision."

Young earned the Most Outstanding Player Award after helping lead his John Curtis team to a 32-0 victory against University Lab in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. He led the Patriots with 10.5 total tackles (8 solo) and also had 1.5 for loss and a sack.

That individual accolade may not mean much to him considering he was more pleased with the entire team's effort, but it's that kind of performance that shows why so many schools came calling for this four-star linebacker.

With double-digit scholarship offers, Young did recently narrow it down to six schools — LSU, Florida State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Miami and UCLA.

Young originally planned to take all five of his official visits before making a decision on National Signing Day. But because John Curtis coach JT Curtis prevents his players from taking official visits and having in-home visits with coaches during the season, that's left Young with little time to take care of recruiting.

A month-long dead period goes into effect on Monday, leaving him with only three weekends in January to squeeze in his visits. Young said he originally planned to take an official visit to Oklahoma State this weekend, but instead he wants to stay home and recover from a long football season.

"I've been so caught up with football," Young said. "I told my parents and coaches that I want to focus on winning state. That was the plan to go to Oklahoma State, but now that won't happen, so I'll probably go there in January."

Young had 10.5 tackles in the state title game
Of his final six, Young said that he definitely wants to visit LSU, Florida State and Texas A&M. He said he might even head up to Baton Rouge this weekend to meet with the coaches, or possibly host them for an in-home visit before the dead period starts.

"I'm thinking real hard about LSU," Young said. "They're in the home state. Growing up, that's all I wore was LSU. I still wear it. I'm just taking things slowly, praying about it and getting advice from my coaches and family…

"They came down last week and talked to the coaches. They're pressuring me to commit because they've been recruiting me pretty hard throughout my whole process. I actually talked to them [Thursday], and they're just waiting on me and respecting my decision."

On two of his other top schools Florida State and Texas A&M:

"[FSU's] recruited me pretty hard throughout the whole process. They're playing good defense right now and they have some linebackers leaving next year. Texas A&M needs linebackers because they're hurting in that spot. They'll always be an offensive program, but they need some defensive guys to step in and make plays so they can accomplish their goals."

Young does plan to announce on NSD with the rest of his John Curtis teammates, but he didn't rule out pulling the trigger early, possibly even at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5. But that would require him to make a decision without taking any of his official visits.

"It comes down to a gut feeling," Young said. "I'm really trying to sense the recruiting and find out what's best for me. My parents and coaches have been supportive and want me to make the best decision. I may commit early next month or I might just wait it out. It just depends on how I feel."


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