Young Will Follow "Daddy" Back to Raleigh

Defensive End Willie Young was one of the few signing day commitments for NC State, as he chose the Wolfpack over Florida, Ohio State, and Georgia among others. Why did he sign with NC State, well, it was simple according to Willie.

Defensive End Willie Young was one of the few signing day commitments for NC State, as he chose the Wolfpack over Florida, Ohio State, and Georgia among others. Why did he sign with NC State, well, it was simple according to the Palm Beach Gardens HS star.

"I feel good," Young mentioned to StateFans after his press conference. "That's why I signed with NC State, because I feel good about it."

What was the toughest part of finally making his college choice?

"The toughest part about making the decision was making the right decision... in the long run, to see if it's going to be the best."

Young admits that going into signing day even he wasn't sure who he would pick.

"Man, I didn't know until I sat in that chair. I couldn't tell my parents because I didn't know myself. I looked at all the letters and picked NC State."

The Wolfpack had the first official visit and also was the first school to offer Willie a scholarship. Did their loyalty pay off in the end?

"You can say that. I just liked it up there on my visit and when I first went up for an unofficial I liked it too. It's a place I can compete for playing time, and just see myself having fun in college. I had liked everything about NC State."

While some observers in the Palm Beach area were surprised by his decision, most feeling he would be a Florida Gator, Young pointed out that his coaches were not surprised at all that he picked the Wolfpack.

"My coaches weren't surprised... I think they thought I would go to NC State. One or two coaches on the staff would always mess with me about them. When Doc (Holliday) would come by they would say, 'I don't know why you're messing around because there goes daddy right there.' They knew how I felt about NC State so they weren't surprised."

Willie will take relax now that all the pressure is off. Life can return to normal as he looks forward to coming to Raleigh this summer.

"I'll go up to NC State probably sometime this summer. For right now, I'm just going to finish out school and get some rest because this process will tire you out."

Willie Young Signs his Letter of Intent as Gardens Coach Tim Tharp looks on.

Photo Courtesy of the Palm Beach Post


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