Allen Catches Young's Eye

Focused in on the running backs at Notre Dame's first full-pad football practice of the spring on Saturday, Jeremiah Young was amazed at how big Asaph Schwapp is, and said that James Aldridge and Robert Hughes had some impressive runs.

But the player the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Young really keyed in on, was Armando Allen.

"He reminds me of me," Jeremiah Young said. "Same number and everything. He is kind of little too. Short like me, quick, a slasher."

Young was one of 10 recruits the Notre Dame football staff hosted on campus this past Saturday for junior day. The Steelton, Pa., product attended with his prep teammate Jordan Hill.

"It was great, real great," Young stated.

"The facilities, they were nice. They have equipment no other school has. They had some equipment that I've never seen before. They have so much history there, it's just wow. The field, the practice session that we watched, the food was good too, everything.

"I got one-on-one time with (Mike Haywood). He told me they evaluated my tape, and he was telling me they like me. He said they're only going to give out two more offers to running backs or one to a running back and one to a fullback. He said come to the camp, the three-day one, but you only have to workout one day, and if they offer me, it would be in the second or third week of May after I take my SAT."

Young is also hearing from Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Penn State and West Virginia, as the Steelton-Highspire High standout goes into what should be a record-breaking season.

Heading into the fall, Young has 6,235 career rushing yards. If he continues at the pace he is at, Young will easily break James Mungro's state rushing record of 8,432 yards. He set an all-time rushing record in the Class-A title game with his 45-carry, 292-yard, four touchdown performance in the victory over Serra Catholic.

Using his 4.47 speed in the 40-yard dash, Young broke LeSean McCoy's Mid-State rushing record last season, by gaining 3,344 yards and scoring 41 touchdowns.

Young has also made visits to Penn State, Pittsburgh and Michigan. Before Notre Dame's junior day, they went by the Wolverines' campus the day before. Head coach Rich Rodriguez had something come up, so Young and Hill didn't get to see much but the Stadium.

Young said he is going back to visit Pittsburgh and Penn State in the future. He may also trip to Connecticut and Boston College.

What stood out for Young the most about his visit to Notre Dame, was the closeness of the team.

"Their practices seems like a game, like they don't like each other, offense and defense," Young explained. "During the practice they were separated the whole time, and then there was a like a team scrimmage, and they were hitting each other and going after each other.

"Then the whole practice was over and people needed stretches, you could see they were united by them helping each other stretch and walking off together. But during practice you wouldn't have thought you could see that."


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