DL Hoping For UM Offer

After moving to Florida in 9th grade after being born and raised in Georgia, Willie Young remembers the first time he went out for football at Palm Beach Gardens.

"Man, I remember going out there and I was real skinny at the time," Young said. "I was tall and only weighed about 180. I came out that first day and they were thinking I was some scrub or something. That's the way it is around here. You have to prove yourself. They gave me a chance and I can do a lot of things on a football field now."

Young, who now checks in at 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, knows how to rush the quarterback for one. He finished last season with 10 sacks and wants more this year.

"I want to triple that this year," he said. "I'm ready to run circles around offensive tackles man. It's going to be fun out there this year."

Young, who also plays varsity basketball, attended three camps this spring/summer.

"I went to the NIKE Training Camp to start with," he said. "I did really well there, ran a 4.63 [40-time] and did a 4.3 shuttle. Then I went to the camp that Rutgers had here at my school. Then I went to the D1 camp [in Ft. Lauderdale]."

Young, who is still waiting on SAT scores to come back, has become one of the most heavily recruited defensive linemen in the state lately.

"Man, this recruiting stuff has gotten crazy," he said. "I had people calling the house trying to talk to me every night for awhile. They [are] on a little break now though so it's slowed down some."

Young said he's glad to have a couple teammates that went through the same process last year -- Brian Monroe (UM) and Michael Brown (Virginia Tech).

"They have helped a lot," he said. "They both said to make sure I make a wise choice, wait it out if I have to. I'm going to do all my visits and all that."

When asked for a list of current favorites, Young didn't have any idea.

"Oh man, God knows who they are right now," he said. "I can't even tell you. I can tell you that I've gotten 11 scholarship offers from schools all over -- South Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Central Florida, East Carolina, North Carolina State, Nebraska, Georgia, Wake Forest, and Florida."

One of the scholarship offers Young is still hoping for is from the University of Miami.

"Miami was actually the first school to call me during the spring," he said. "I spoke to Coach Chud. He was telling me what's up. I also talked to one of their coaches at the D1 camp but it wasn't about college, it was just stuff about the camp. They're waiting to see what I can do this season and that's cool with me because like I said, I'm going to destroy people out there."

Young said if the Hurricanes were to offer, they'd be near the top of his list.

"Man, they [are] good," he said. "Their program is unreal. When you look at Miami, you know they're doing something right. I'm not real familiar with the school and some of the coaches yet but hopefully I'll get to see that later in the year on a visit or something. Getting that offer would be nice."

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