Looking at senior-to-be Sam Young might be a lot like looking at current Nebraska Cornhusker Lydon Murtha, at least in terms of size. Young stands 6' 7", weighs in at 292 pounds and runs a 4.9 40-yard dash. He currently benches 365 pounds and carries a 3.4 GPA in the classroom, so he's no stranger to mental muscle as well. He was named First Team All-County and First Team All-State as a junior and holds offers from Ohio State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Florida State, Penn State, Kansas State, Michigan, Boston College, Rutgers, Ole Miss, LSU, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Duke, Miami, Oklahoma, Auburn, Florida, Louisville Alabama and Stanford. He also has interest from USC, Georgia and West Virginia. He lists no current favorite and cites his strengths as his size, wingspan, good footwork and his good flexibility.
Being raised in an area rich in both high school and collegiate football talent, there was no shortage of teams for Young to become accustomed to. "Growing up in South Florida, obviously I went to my fair share of ‘Canes games but I've grown up a fan of Penn State and Miami. With Miami, they had that swagger when they played. Penn State, I liked the way they play as a team, they wear non-descript jerseys, they just get it done," he said. Once a Hurricane/Nittany Lion, Young has opened himself to the recruiting process and is ready to find the best place for him to evolve.
When Young went to get his mail from the school today, he was greeted by an offer from the Cornhuskers who officially place their name in the Sam Young Sweepstakes. "They've been sending me a lot of mail; I just got the offer today. I've been receiving general mail from them. I've gotten one or two handwritten letters," Young said about Nebraska's correspondence. In terms of what Young is looking for in a college, he has a few priorities in mind. "Obviously, I want to get my degree first and foremost because my dad always said to look out for yourself after football. My second priority is the program. Playing time, not so much because I like to consider myself a competitor and I like to feel I'm going to compete for a starting spot. As far as coaching, I've got to be able to get along with my position coach and my strength coach because they're the guys you're going to spend most of your time with," said Young.
Sam has already taken what could be viewed as one doozy of a road trip as he's traveled all over trying to get a feel for universities around the nation. "I just got back from USC and Stanford. I've been to Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Florida and North Carolina and Duke," he said. Young feels that his official visits are pretty up in the air at this point. He mentioned that he might take a trip to Miami for their junior day, but knowing what he does about the school at this point, that's currently an unknown. Young also went into what he finds attractive about the Cornhuskers in general and it appears to be a bountiful set of reasons. "Obviously, Nebraska is one of the powerhouses of college football, a lot of excellent O-linemen have come out of there. They play in the Big XII. They used to run the option, but now they run the West Coast Offense. When you look at the NFL today, most of the teams run the West Coast Offense, so if you want to make the leap from college to pro, it helps. Coach Callahan will help you out with that. You've also got the tradition out there like the Blackshirts," he said.