Young wanted by the Irish

Linebacker Kenny Young of River Ridge (La.) John Curtis explains when he was first offered by Notre Dame, if he's visiting the Irish this summer, what his decision timeline looks like, and if he'll play inside or outside linebacker in college.

Linebacker Kenny Young of River Ridge (La.) John Christian found out today that he has held a Notre Dame offer for quite some time.

"[Notre Dame running backs] Coach (Tony) Alford told me that I was offered in December or January," Young said. "He said I was actually one of the top guys on their board right now. I asked him today if Notre Dame was going to offer me since they had been talking with me a lot, and Coach Alford said I had already been offered in December or January."

"[Notre Dame cornerbacks] Coach (Kerry) Cooks came by my school two weeks ago, and Coach Alford was here today," Young said.

At 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, Young could play inside or outside linebacker at the next level, one of the reasons the Irish are high on him.

"Right now, I'm being recruited as an outside linebacker, but if I grow some more, I will be moved inside," Young said. "Notre Dame likes my physicality and speed. They like how I can pass rush and defend the run. They also like my character."

Likewise, Young says he has heard all good things about Notre Dame.

"Notre Dame has a great business program and they were just in the national championship," Young said. "They have a high caliber program, and a degree from Notre Dame can you get a good job quickly when you graduate. Coach Alford is a straight guy. He tells you how it is. I believe what he tells you is always the truth."

Young says visiting the Irish this summer is a possibility.

"I know they have a camp on June 22, so I may try to make it to that if I can."

This spring, he visited Alabama, LSU, and UCLA, but there are other schools he plans on seeing before he narrows his list.

"I haven't gotten to visit a lot of places, so I'll take a few visits this summer and then narrow my list," Young said. "I'm not sure where I'm visiting this summer, yet. I'll take all of my official visits and decide on signing day."

"I'm hearing a lot from Miami, Florida State, Florida, LSU, Alabama, Notre Dame, UCLA, Tennessee, and Ole Miss, schools like that," Young said.

When Young does narrow his list, he's looking for a mix of football and academics.

"Getting a good education is going to be my first priority," Young said. I also want a winning program and a good relationship with the coaching staff. I want a place where I'm comfortable and can achieve my goals of improving not only as a player, but as a person."

Young is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 9 middle linebacker in the 2014 class. Top Stories