Terp's Recruiting Target…Louis Young

2010 prospect Louis Young of Good Counsel High School (Olney, MD) is one of the best athletes in the area. The four-star cornerback is a soft verbal to Stanford but he is taking visits and is likely to commit elsewhere. Maryland is a place he is considering.

Louis Young is one of the best cornerbacks in the country. He is the player you put on the opposing team's best wide receiver and then worry about something else. He has solid size for a cornerback, standing 6'0" and weighing about 180 pounds. He has good speed and quickness. Young turns his hips well can run with the receiver. He has good closing speed and makes plays on the ball. He is in good position to make the play most of the time. He is excellent in run support using his size to be a physical cornerback. He is a good open field tackler. He blitzes off the edge well and doesn't over run the play. He is just as good in zone coverage. He anticipates very well and has a knack for breaking up plays. He will look into the backfield, come off the receiver and jump a pass play to another receiver. This is part of his aggressive nature. In high school he makes these plays but on the next level he will have to be careful not to get caught out of position and give up a big play. Young is also a big play wide receiver showcasing his athleticism. His future home will be on the defensive side though.

Maryland was one of the first schools to offer Young before his junior season. It was no surprise as Young continued to establish himself as a big time player during his junior season. He helped Good Counsel to an 11-1 record. For the season Young had 34 tackles, 5 picks (TD), 13 passes broken up and a fumble recovery. On offense he had 18 catches for about 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. He received All-State and All-Conference recognition. He then started receiving heavy interest and landed many offers after that season. This season his team is 5-1 and he is once again making plays on both sides of the ball. On offense he has 20 receptions for 316 yards and a touchdown. On defense he has 15 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, a sack, 9 passes broken up and 2 interceptions. He has helped the defense to two shutouts and only giving up 13 points per game.

Young is such a good athlete that he received D-I offers in basketball as well. There should be no higher priority for the Terps right now than Young. He has committed to Stanford twice but everyone close to the situation is aware that the distance from home is an obstacle right now. Although he still has several potential suitors (and it changes) Maryland is always mentioned by Young. Although he is still considering several schools his offers from Virginia Tech, Virginia and Boston College seem to be Maryland's stiffest competition. Young wants to stay close to home, how close only he knows. He will play wherever he goes so depth charts and competition won't faze Young. Maryland needs to keep arguably the state's best player right here just minutes from his home. I think Young will take his time and not make a final decision until close to signing day. He is focused on the season so his visits will be pushed back until after the season. That means his decision will be delayed as well. This may help Maryland as hopefully they will sort out what direction the program is going and who will be leading the cause. Young should be an immediate starter on special teams and provide depth in the secondary as a freshman. He should push to be a starter by his sophomore year and could be a fixture for three years at the position.

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