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Hargrave Military Academy defensive end Willie Young attained a qualifying SAT score on his previous test, and the standout is now eligible to enroll at NC State next month.

"I'll head back for the full-time semester in January," Willie Young told Pack Pride. "I'll be leaving here on the 5th. You know I'm looking forward to getting back up there."

After achieving his score, the personable Riviera Beach (Fla.) product could joke about his status following his official visit to NC State.

"Not qualifying was a conspiracy by the NCAA to allow me to be the first person to take two official visits to the same school," Young joked. "That's okay though because they couldn't hold me down, and now I'm ready to go [gradewise]."

"I was able to attend the banquet they had, and that went well," he added. "I ate like a house. I got tired of looking at food, but it was good, I'll tell you that."

Standing 6'5 and 215 pounds, Young hopes to play right away at defensive end for the Wolfpack. With his speed and quickness, Young may also get a look at outside linebacker this spring.

"I got to play defensive end full-time, but if I've got to make that change to help the team then I'll move to linebacker with no problem," he said. "I know I've got to put on some weight, but right now I have no intentions of redshirting. I'm going to go in there and work with coach Stroud so I'll be ready to go next year."

"I don't look at having to start because I've got some learning to do," Young added. "I'll be playing behind Manny [Lawson] and Mario [Williams] so I can learn from them.

"If I can generate Manny's speed then I'll be where I need to be. If I can get Mario's size... well that's not happening because he's a beast. That dude's huge."

While at Hargrave, Young was able to play with future teammate Andre Brown, an outstanding running back who's versatile enough to play three or four positions on the next level.

"I don't have a big head or anything but Andre's like me," Young said. "I feel like I'm the best at my position, but that's only with the support from my team. Andre's like that because he can just play football. I don't know his stats or anything, but he can play. It's like he's too big to be a running back, but he's a great running back."

Wolfpack defensive end Manny Lawson hosted Young while he was on his official visit, and they both clicked. However, the entire team also made him feel comfortable during his visit.

"Manny was my player host," Young said. "I don't know who else would be better, but everybody's cool up at State because it's like a family. If you're going somewhere, it's like the whole team is with you. If they are not right there then they're not far behind."

"i'm just ready to get back up there and help out the Wolfpack."


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