Coatesville (Pa.) three-star cornerback Avery Young, along with his younger brother, 2019 athlete Aaron Young, have been venturing out to their various college suitors in-between track meets this spring. In March and early April the tandem made it up north to Army and Rutgers, and in mid-April they trekked south to Maryland and ODU. Next up, their heading to Syracuse for the first time April 22.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Avery Young and his sibling began their forays at West Point.
“Amy was, ‘Wow.’ It was a great place and eye opening to see for myself,” Avery Young said. “Basically the visit killed all the stereotypes and misconceptions I had about Army. They want guys to be future pros and they have ambitions of developing great players and people. And of course they want great leaders; I was very impressed.”
Up next was Rutgers. The two had been in Piscataway, N.J., before for a junior day and had a chance to return for a spring practice. Now having seen RU twice, Avery Young counts the Scarlet Knights as a prime contender.
“Rutgers is just a great place. They have so much energy and so much to offer me as a student-athlete and person,” Avery Young said. “The first time I visited opened my eyes, so I wanted to get back. I just love what they’re building and going to become. I have high hopes for the coaching staff and believe they’re going to accomplish their goals.”
A week or so after taking in RU, Young and his brother were at Maryland for the first time. The pair took in an April 13 spring practice, and beforehand they had a chance to see the College Park, Md., campus.
“Oh man, Maryland was really great,” Avery Young said. “It’s a young staff there, and they’re up and coming. It’s Year Two for them, and they’re building something great down there. My brother and I really were impressed with them.”
Avery Young said he had a chance to speak to his position coach, Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, who has been actively recruiting he and his brother since the winter. The Youngs also chatted up head coach D.J. Durkin, area recruiter Pete Lembo and some other staffers.
“It’s a high-energy group of guys. I love Coach Aazaar and how intense he is. He’s a great coach,” Avery Young said. “But all of them, really, get after it and make the players want to go harder and longer. They’re all really great motivators.
“And I actually got to sit down with Coach Aazaar and Coach Durkin. They’re both great to talk to and they tell it like it is. They’re very positive people and have high goals for the program. They’re welcoming too and really want me there.”
Avery Young went on to laud UMD’s campus, location near Washington, D.C., and the various upgrades to the facilities and dorms.
“Just looking at those new indoor fields, and seeing the dorms, oh man, the future looks really bright,” Avery Young said. “It’s going to be impressive to watch what Maryland does with those facilities. It’s going to be cool to see what they can accomplish there.”
Young, who took in a Maryland game last fall, intends to return for another this season.
“I could really see myself playing there and playing early,” Young said. “I really like what I’m seeing at Maryland.”
Finally, Young took in ODU, which is where his older brother plays. He called Old Dominion a “family atmosphere” and said the coaches have been on him and Aaron Young for a couple years now.
To round out the spring, Avery Young and his brother will hit Syracuse for the Orange spring game.
“Syracuse has a great coaching staff. I’ve talked to Coach Mike Lynch numerous times and he makes me feel wanted,” Avery Young said. “I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of the staff and seeing that environment.”
Young isn’t sure where he’s going after Cuse, but would like to return to all the schools that have offered him. He does want to see Notre Dame as well since the staff has been in close contact and could ante up eventually.
The Coatesville product said each program that has an offer out has been in touch equally and seems to be pushing for him. Moreover, Young said coaches from Maryland, Cuse, Rutgers, Army and ODU will be through his school this spring. Additionally, coaches from Notre Dame, UConn, Pitt, Stanford and Toledo should be in to evaluate him and Aaron Young.
“I’m taking my time with this process and seeing what all happens,” said Young, who insists he has no leaders. “It’s a long process, I want to look at every school in full and I want to take official visits.”