When it comes to the recruiting process, college football coaches first come a calling for a prospects’ ability on the field.
Digging deeper and looking to build a relationship with these prospective student-athletes, who these young men are as individuals and how each excel in the classroom quickly becomes a major priority as well.
Meet 2016 Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Las Osos four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist, the definition of a student-athlete.
“I’m one of those people who takes care of their grades,” Youngquist said. “Grades are really important to me.”
One school that could be getting involved in the recruitment of the 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker is Michigan, something that would excite Youngquist on many different levels.
“I’m highly interested; I’m highly interested in Michigan,” Youngquist stated.
“I actually haven’t had any contact with the staff. I’ve talked to Coach (Tyrone) Wheatley before but that was before he was one of the coaches. He’s a pretty cool guy.”
Despite not having a great deal of familiarity with Michigan’s program just yet, Youngquist believes the Wolverines fit the profile of a school he’ll eventually land at the next level.
“I just know they’re a great, solid football program and I heard rumors they’re great with character and player development,” Youngquist said. “That’s truly one of the deciding factors that will make me choose a college.”
Also intriguing to Youngquist is the arrival of former San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, heading to Ann Arbor after appearing in one Super Bowl and the NFC Championship game three times over the last four seasons.
“I’ve never talked to Coach Harbaugh before but I know he’s a great coach and it would be nice to be a part of his recruiting list cause man, he’s such a great, elite coach,” he said.
Eager to see as many schools as possible before coming to a decision, Youngquist plans to leave no stone unturned in this process.
“I’m just really trying to see the nation, see what college is the best for me whether it’s on the west or east coast,” Youngquist said. “I could care less about how far from home I am and I don’t care about weather.”