Roy Manning connects with Kenny Young

2014 River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian four-star linebacker Kenny Young has been in contact with Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison this spring. But a recent conversation with the Wolverines newest assistant has Young's interest in the maize and blue growing.

River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian high school is loaded with division one football talent in the 2014 class. One of those highly coveted recruits is four-star linebacker, Kenny Young. Recently visited by coaches from Miami (Fla.), LSU, UCLA, Baylor, and Florida State, Michigan is a school that continues inquiring about the 6-2, 225-pounder as well.

Still looking to fill a spot at linebacker, Wolverine defensive coordinator Greg Mattison took lead in Young’s recruitment, making a favorable impression over the phone this spring. Recently, it was Roy Manning’s turn, and Michigan’s new linebackers coach struck up a quick bond with Young.

“I talked to coach Roy last week and we had a pretty good conversation,” Young told GoBlueWolverine. “It was last Sunday or something. That was my first time, besides them offering me, that was like my second time talking to someone on the staff at Michigan.

“I was just asking how things were cause obviously he went there when he was playing there and I asked him how it was to be a part of Michigan.”

Able to offer insight and experiences from his playing days in Ann Arbor, Manning was able to command Young’s attention, even opening up the possibility of a visit to Michigan this summer.

“I believed that what he was saying is true,” said Young. “He’s not the type of guy to try to buy you into all these things about Michigan. He wants me to see it myself. Michigan is pretty far away from New Orleans but some of the things he told me, outside of, like in life after football, you can get a job quickly because everybody will know you, especially if you get a degree from Michigan.

“It would be a long-term degree that would be worth it for the rest of your lifetime. He was just telling me how the games are and how crazy the fans are and all the love they show.”

Young’s teammates, wide receiver Malachi Dupre and defensive back Mattrell McGraw, also hold offers from the Wolverines. A visit north for the talented trio could be in the works.

“I wouldn’t say spring because we’re about to pick up spring ball and trying to finish up with school,” said Young. “If things go right during the summer I’ll try to see if I can take a trip up there with some teammates.

“We haven’t talked about it but if things are open I wouldn’t mind taking a trip there.”

With spring football about to get underway at John Curtis Christian, Young is already taking it upon himself to set an example as his senior season approaches.

“As far as the spring I just want to improve a little bit of everything in my game,” said Young. “Improve my leadership skills and I feel like I’ve been doing good at that -- helping the young guys. Just leading my team and preparing in the spring like we will for the season.”

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