2011 Prospect Favors Terps

2011 gridiron prospect Antoine Young has Terps as early favorites.

Suitland high school linebacker Antoine Young initially thought that local school Maryland might be a little too close to home, but that all changed after teammate Jeremiah Johnson decided to become a Terrapin.

“I thought that it might be too close to home and that was kind of a minus,” Young said. “But then Jeremiah (Johnson) went there, which is a big plus, and now it’s not as big of a deal anymore.”

Johnson’s commitment has had a huge impact on the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Young’s feelings towards the Terrapins. Although clearly not the only factor, it certainly has helped propel them to the top of his list.

“I like a lot of the people there that I know,” he said. “I know and like how they play and fit in (well). He’s a big reason why I’ve gotten interest from Maryland.”

He has yet to receive an offer from Maryland, but did say that he spoke to Coach Franklin late last week. He also is currently considering Penn State, Texas A&M, and New Hampshire.

The rising junior doesn’t anticipate making a decision anytime soon though. He says he will wait for the offers to start rolling and start to really evaluate things more after he has gotten about five scholarship offers.

Despite the lengthy timetable for a decision, Young knows exactly what he is looking for in a school.

“Academics are the absolute number one priority for me, with location being number two,” he said. “A little factor is who is on the team and who they are bringing in.”

Although he is already capable of running a 4.09 second shuttle run, one of the major focuses this off-season has been speed. During practice he will run 12 reps of 60-yard runs at full speed. When he finishes the 12 reps with the rest of the team, he will then do a few more with Johnson, just to push himself that extra step further.

The star outside linebacker is hoping all of the hard work can help land him a prestigious area honor.

“I really want to be All-Met this season,” he said. “I expected to be number one in all of the positions that I play.”

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