Big LB High On the Tigers After Sunday Visit

Class of 2014 linebacker prospect Juwon Young talks about recruiting, a visit to check out Auburn and his interest in the Tigers' football program.

Albany, Ga.--Outside linebacker Juwon Young took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Sunday and the class of 2014 football prospect came away saying the Tigers are one of his favorites along with Florida and Mississippi State.

"Basically all of the SEC schools are recruiting me--Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and a lot more," said Young, who noted he has picked up two more scholarship offers in the past week and is up to five.

"I think Auburn is close to offering," he said. "I think they are really waiting on my SAT scores. They like me at both positions--outside (linebacker) and middle (linebacker)."

Young said he currently has a 3.0 grade point average, which he noted should be even higher when he finishes his junior season at Albany High School. "I expect it to be around 3.3 or higher."

On his visit to Auburn he noted that he spent part of his time talking to academic advisers and is interested in majoring in something that is related to physical therapy or sports medicine. The linebacker prospect said the academic part of the equation will carry equal weight with having a good feel about the football program when he makes his college choice."

Auburn is only a couple hours drive from Albany, which the prospect said is a plus. However, he noted an even more important factor is how he fits in with the team he is considering.

"Playing time is going to be a factor," he said. "I understand you have to work for that, but I will also be looking at how many other players there are already on the team or have signed at my position. I really want to come in and play right away.

"How I fit in with the coaching staff and players is important, too," he said, noting a big reason for his trip to Auburn was to get a feel for the new coaching staff after previously being recruited by Gene Chizik's staff.

"My visit was great," he said, noting that he enjoyed spending time with Auburn's new defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. "Ellis Johnson is a good man," Young said. "It was my first time meeting him. We went over some plays and he showed me the defense he runs at Auburn."

Young said he also enjoyed talking to recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner as well as equipment manager Dana Marquez, who explained to him in detail how the Auburn players are outfitted for games and practices.

Juwon Young

The linebacker performed well at a summer camp at Auburn last year to gain the interest of the former coaching staff. Young said he will likely return to an AU camp this summer to show Malzahn's staff what he can do.

Asked what he believes is his best attribute as a football player, Young said, "People expect me to be slow at my size, but I am very fast to be 232 pounds. I am still growing, still gaining weight, still lifting and getting stronger. I have a chance to get a lot bigger."

A two-year starter, Young made 56 tackles with 15 stops for lost yardage, including 10 sacks, as a sophomore for the Albany High Indians. As a junior his sacks total dropped to three, but he more than doubled his tackles to 118 while forcing four fumbles and blocking three field goals.

The linebacker said his two most recent offers came from South Alabama and Appalachian State. Previously he was offered by North Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette and Old Dominion. Young said he has no doubt he is an SEC caliber prospect. "I feel like I can play ball at Auburn," he said. "I can bring a lot of juice."

The big linebacker is performing well in another sport, too. He will be competing at the state track and field championships in the shot put. "I do the discus, too, but the shot is my best event," he said. "My personal record is 51 feet, 11 inches."


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