'14 LB Kenny Young talks focus, Michigan

2014 John Curtis Christian (Lou.) high school linebacker Kenny Young had a big time junior season and college coaches took notice. Young talks with GBW about Michigan, visit plans, and more.

Overcoming an injury prior to his junior season, 2014 John Curtis Christian (Lou.) linebacker Kenny Young had a chip on his shoulder this past fall.

"I had a different mindset going into my junior year," Young told GoBlueWolverine. "I got hurt obviously and I had something to prove to myself and my team and what I live to play football for. I want to be one of the top prospects so I worked hard, my team helped me and we had a pretty successful season and I was part of that."

Young accounted for 90 tackles out of his outside linebacker position as well as a pair of pass break-ups. Although Young fancies himself as a tough, ‘hit you in the mouth' type run stuffer, his versatility is what sets him apart at 6-2, 225-pounds.

"I like to stop the run -- I'm not going to lie," said Young laughing. "But I also like to be in coverage and that's one of things that separates people is coverage. That's one of the things I like to do."

Holding offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan, and Texas A&M, Young recently began building a relationship with the Wolverines after the maize and blue dropped in at his high school to check-in on he and wide receiver teammate, Malachi Dupre.

"I talked to Michigan like last week and I talk to all of the coaches -- coach Mattison, the head coach and they told me to keep in contact with them," said Young. "They've seen my tape and said I would fit great into their defense and we chopped it up for a couple minutes."

"I've been getting mail from them all year long and we just really started talking last week."

A school down south that has sent several players up to Ann Arbor to play and live out their college years, the most prolific on the list being a running back that lead the 12-0, 1997 Wolverine squad in rushing. "We've had previous players in the past go to Michigan," said Young. "Chris Howard, he was pretty good and a couple of other guys. I don't know too much about them but I watched a couple of their games and that was about it."

Young said he'd like to get up to Ann Arbor for a visit "if it's possible" but is still in the early stages of finding time to get out to the college campuses of his choice.

"I just came from Alabama," said Young. "I was supposed to go to Texas A&M but one of my teammates told me too late. I really don't know (any other visits) yet."

Young, who openly said he'd like to make his commitment on national signing day in February of 2014, is just looking for a place that suits his abilities on the field and in the classroom – even if that means leaving the south.

"Personally for me I think I should go somewhere that I can get a good education, that I'm comfortable in the environment, I'm going to play as soon as possible, and somewhere my parents feel is a safe place to be," he said. "I want to have a great relationship with the coaches and be a part of a good program."

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