Young Talks Recruiting

He has been called one of the most impressive physical specimens at the U.S. Army All American Bowl. He is Sam Young. While he will not be announcing his school of choice at this weekend's game in San Antonio, Tex., the 6-foot-7, 300 pound, five-star offensive line prospect from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. will make his presence felt on the field, and potentially increase his stock even more as his recruitment nears a close.

"The recruiting process has been going great, recently it's been going a little slower because it's bowl season," Young said. "It's been great process, I can't complain. It's been a dream come true."

Young commented on his hectic schedule as his recruiting process enters its final stretch.

"As things wind down, things definitely intensify," Young said. "I know from talking to other people that have gone through it before that the home stretch is the toughest. I still have three visits left. I have a busy couple of weeks in front of me."

Remaining for Young are official visits to Notre Dame, Penn State, and Michigan. With the busy schedule he has remaining, Young said he wasn't sure off the top of his head, the exact orders of the visits.

"I want to say the 13th is my Penn State visit," Young said. "I've looked at it five times and I can never keep it straight, which one is the first. "It's either Penn State or Notre Dame, but I think Penn State is first."

Young, who has remained silent throughout much of his recruitment as to a favorite, said that the Nittany Lions have been involved with him for a while.

"[Penn State has] always been in touch with me since the beginning," Young said. "They've been a school that I grew up a fan of and just always liked their style of play. I've always liked Coach Paterno. I was up there last summer on an unofficial [visit]. I got to see some of Happy Valley, and I really enjoyed it."

Young, who said his whole family is originally from the Pittsburgh area, said that at this point, he just wants to compete at which ever school he ultimately decides on attending.

"I'm just asking for a chance to compete," Young said. "Whether I'm the best or not, I just want to compete. If I'm the best, it's fine. I've never been one to shy away from that. When I transferred high schools, I knew I had an uphill battle, things turned out well. It's the same approach in college."

Like many other undecided recruits, several other U.S. Army All American Bowl selections, including a couple of Penn State commitments, have tried to recruit the behemoth to each of their respective schools. Young is taking it all in stride.

"I've been hanging out with them and other commitments from other schools," Young said. "Everyone puts their two cents in. it's just the way it goes."

As for a time frame to commit, Young said he expects to announce his choice around signing day in February.

"I think it's going to have to end up be around signing day," Young said. "My season went real long and everything had to be pushed back. So it's probably going to be closer to signing day."

Stay tuned to for our Riva on the River reports, featuring Rob Riva live from the U.S. Army Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. -30-

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