Young Opening Things Up?

Last year Willie Young was one of the more exciting recruits from the state of Florida. With size and speed similar to that of the University of Florida's Jarvis Moss, Young was expected to be a top recruit for the class of 2005 when he took a year to prep at Hargrave Military Academy.

He committed during Hargrave's season to North Carolina State, but with two Wolfpack coaches leaving the program in the past two weeks, this is no longer a done deal but the beginning of what could be an old fashioned recruiting battle.

Young was solid in his commitment to NC State until the recent defections of defensive coordinator Reggie Herring to Arkansas and wide receivers coach John "Doc" Holliday to Florida. Now with both coaches gone, he has re-opened the door for college recruiters to make scholarship offers.

Willie Young said, "With Doc and the defensive coordinator leaving, I'm not quite sure about how that's supposed to work. And, with me being in the position that I'm in…I really don't know how to look at that. I feel it's best for me to cover my tail in case something else like that goes down."

Willie was clear that he is not de-committing from the Wolfpack. He just feels that it is in his best interests to see what other programs have to offer him now.

Willie continued by saying, "Yeah, I can do that [take visits], I'm eligible to do that, so I'm going to do that. I'm not taking visits just to take visits and waste people's time. This is serious."

After his senior year, Young received offers from Florida, Ohio State, Georgia, and NC State. Those schools and others should feel free to contact him now.

"I'm open," he said. "I'm seriously open. It's anybody right now."

Young insists that his change of heart has everything to do with the recent coaching changes at NC State, not the result of high pressure recruiting by some other school.

"I'm a little confused, that's all," he said. "I'm like a little kid…just don't know what he wants. I'm thinking right now that's all."

Young seriously considered Florida before he followed his heart with a commitment to NC State. He's followed the change in the coaching staff at UF although he says he doesn't know all that much about Coach Urban Meyer other than he came to Florida from Utah.

Young maintains his height and weight are essentially the same as last season when he was in high school (6-6, 215) and while his 40-yard dash time is a quick 4.6, he says the year at Hargrave has helped him improve his footwork. Hargrave had a 10-game schedule, but due to some problems only five games were played. Still, he had statistics that would have made most defensive ends who played 10 games happy.

"I probably had about sixty-five tackles and nine sacks, something like that," he said. "The reason I didn't set it up a little more came from me not knowing the system exactly. Once I figured out how to put myself in position, it was all over."

Young's speed makes him a game changer at the defensive end position. The biggest concern is that his lack of weight will make it difficult for him to fight off large offensive tackles. He has a tremendous ability to make tackles, and chase people down from behind.

While he says he is still committed to NC State, it will be interesting to see what offers he will receive now that he's opened himself up to be recruited once again.

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