"I had an offer from Colorado School of Mines, a money offer, and I had the letter then I had the opportunity to walk on at Nebraska. I was doing the pros and cons of each; the school, the program and all of this. I just had to get out, sit down and think about all of this."
The decision to walk-on at Nebraska came down to more than money. Growing up in the state of Nebraska you are born into being a Cornhusker fan more often than not and the dream of possibly putting on the helmet with the simple red "N" on the side is too much to pass up. "I just had to go with what I always wanted to do and that was to play Cornhusker football. That was really the biggest thing."
At 6-foot-5, about 210 pounds and running a 4.7 you could see the threat with Young at tight end. A size and speed combination that would have been similar to Matt Herian's high school days at Pierce (Nebr.). You could also see him with his hand on the ground, coming off the edge and trying to get to the quarterback. Then there is also the possibility of growing into a book-end tackle.
"They have been talking to me about coming in and developing at the tight end position," Young said. "Putting on about 40 pounds to get me up to about 240 or 250 and make me a little quicker. They also talked about defensive end or if I get a lot bigger putting me at offensive tackle. Mostly because of my frame. It depends on how big I get."
Young played neither of the aforementioned positions in high school which makes this story all the more interesting. He was a standout wide receiver for a team that has a run first mentality (running back had over 2,000 yards) and very limited chances a game to make a grab. When Young did get that chance though, he made the most of it. He also patrolled the middle of the field at safety on defense.
"I played receiver and safety. On defense I had 27 unassisted, 28 assisted for 55 total tackles. I had five interceptions and two fumble recoveries. I had six rushing carries 57 yards. I had 16 catches for 351 yards and four touchdowns averaging over 20 yards per catch. We run an old-school Nebraska type offense and pound the ball at you and then throw it. I didn't get it thrown to me a lot, but when they did I caught it."
Young's efforts on the field doesn't stop there though. He was a standout on offense and defense and with his speed and hands he also found himself running back punts and kickoffs. "I had 14 punt returns for 167 yards and 10 kick off returns for 178 yards."
The option to go to Colorado School of the Mines doesn't happen for many people. It is a high academic school which immediately you know that Young wasn't a slouch in the classroom either. "I have a 4.0 GPA and I scored a 27 on my ACT. I got a 30 on my math and I got a 28 on my science."
Beyond the interest from School of Mines though, Young had interest from Chadron State, Doane, Concordia, Nebraska Wesleyan and Hastings also showed Young interest. "They (Colorado School on the Mines coaches) said with that kind of score on my ACT in math and science that School of Mines is the place for you. When I got out to School of Mines the coaches were really nice, very friendly. They were very player-oriented. I really liked the school and liked the campus."
The dream to be a Husker for Young though was enough to get him to commit to a walk-on offer. It doesn't end there, with the idea that he will just be in Lincoln and just put on the uniform. Ultimately he wants to help the team. Help the team win, become a better football team and become the best player possible at whatever the cost. The ideals that makes the Nebraska walk-on program and the players that enter it so unbelievable.
"I will be in Lincoln this summer for conditioning. I want to help the team in whatever way possible. Win the Big 12 title and a national championship. That is the basics. Personally, I just want to get bigger, faster, and stronger. I want to be able to compete for some playing time, somewhere. I am just going to set little goals for myself each year and try to get the little goals and hopefully it will pay off."