DE High on Canes

One of the major reasons why Palm Beach Gardens is undefeated this season while allowing just 5.8 points per game on defense is the play of defensive end Willie Young. At 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Young is having an excellent senior season.

"We're 7-0 and that's the thing that matters most to me right now," Young said. "We get so far ahead of teams that I'm always out in the 4th quarter. I always tell my coach to just let me play a little bit in the 4th. When teams start throwing in the 4th quarter and I'm on the sidelines, it seems like the quarterback has all day in the pocket."

Young, who has 25 tackles and eight sacks on the season after a four-sack performance against Vero Beach on Friday, will lead his team against Wellington for the district title on Friday.

The talented defender, who also competes in varsity basketball and track, said he has no idea why he makes so many plays.

"It's weird man, it's like my football instincts just take over my body," he said. "People talk about my height and speed or whatever but it's all about my instincts. I watch Jason Taylor and that's what I want to be. He's not the biggest guy in the world but his instincts take over and that allows him to dominate."

Young, who will soon take the SAT, has emerged as one of the state's top defensive line prospects.

"I get a lot of phone calls and stuff like that," he said. "People offer me scholarships, tell me I can visit and all that. I'm happy for it all but it's all so hard to keep track of."

Young, who recalls scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Alabama, and Auburn, said he recently took an unofficial visit to Miami.

"I talk to the UM coaches a lot," he said. "I went out to watch a practice the other day. It was niiiice. I could definitely see myself fitting in there. That's what I like. The coaches are tight, the players are cool, I can see myself being a Cane."

Young, who has not yet scheduled any visits, said he is just waiting for an offer from the Hurricanes.

"I just gotta keep doing my thing and they should come through," he said. "The crazy thing about going to UM is they make all the freshmen cut their hair off (laughing). That's crazy but I guess everyone has to do it."

The talented defensive end said he hasn't given the recruiting process a whole lot of thought.

"I'm just chillin, enjoying it all," he said. "I know what UM's all about so if they offer me, that would be tight. If they dont, I know I'll have some other good options."

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