Canes In Final 3 For OL

It didn't take long for Kevin Young to get going last Friday in his team's Kickoff Classic against Martin County. The Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic standout lineman played just a quarter and a half.

"I had seven pancakes playing guard," Young said. "I was having fun out there. It got us warmed up. I'll again be playing both ways this season. We're excited."

Kevin Young, who at 6-5 now tips the scales at 320, has been a varsity starter since his freshman year.

"I didn't start playing football till my freshman year because of my size," he said. "After about two practices I got moved up to varsity. I basically needed those to learn how to play, my stance and things like that. I started on defense my freshman year and then started playing offense as a sophomore."

Young, a full academic qualifier (3.0/1050), has emerged as one of the top offensive line prospects in the entire state. He was asked what makes him different.

"You have to know your blocking assignments," he said. "You have to be committed to the weight room and committed to the conditioning stuff during the summer. I think I do all of those things well."

The talented lineman spent time at Florida State and South Carolina for summer camps and also participated in the Down & Dirty Camp for Linemen.

"Florida State went well," he said. "I met with the offensive line coach there and we went over some things. They actually had offered me before the camp. They visited my school during the spring."

With plenty of early offers in the spring and early summer, Young went into Down & Dirty without an offer from the Hurricanes. He changed that with his performance there.

"It wasn't an easy camp, that's for sure," he said. "It was amazingly hot out there. No shade. We were only in uppers but man was it hot. I did really well there. During the board drills, I was the first or second best player at the whole camp. Coach Kehoe pretty much runs that whole camp and he offered me afterwards. I guess he liked what he saw and the way I performed."

Young claims somewhere between 25 and 30 written offers and says he's pretty much narrowed things down to three.

"I'm looking at Florida State, Miami, and South Carolina," he said. "It's those three. I'll take official visits to them and they've all offered. I don't really have a favorite. They all have their pros and cons. Miami doesn't have a favorable depth chart right now. They have a lot of guys and they just signed a bunch last year. South Carolina needs linemen now and Florida State will need a lot after this year. I just gotta wait it out."

Young spent some time at UM over the summer with teammate Colin McCarthy.

"I'm friends with A.J. (Trump), who is there now," he said. "I hear he's doing well. Miami's got a lot of depth but it's a great place academically and a great town."

The talented senior said he really didn't follow football growing up, which eliminates a childhood favorite.

"I've been a fan of both Florida State and Miami but I never really thought about college football much till I started playing," he said.

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