Young Talks Penn State

He was a man among boys in San Antonio. In fact, at times he was a giant among other giants. Sam Young, one of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game's most impressive physical specimens standing at a legitimate 6-foot-7, 300 pounds, held his own against some of the nation's top defensive lineman both during practice and during the game as he started at tackle on the offensive line.

"I think I did all right," Sam Young said. "Obviously you're going to have some bad plays and good plays. All in all, I was pleased with how I did going up against some of this competition. I'm always one who wants to do better, but I'm satisfied."

Young was his own worst critic on his All-American Bowl performance. After a couple of days of neutralizing the game's number two overall player, Penn State commitment Maurice Evans, in practice during the week, Young felt he still has room for improvement.

"I felt that a couple of times on pass protection I kind of let down a little bit," Young said. "That's something I can work on now over break until I go to college."

From now until signing day, Young can focus strictly on recruiting. Young's St. Thomas Aquinas team went deep into December to play in the state championship, and will now be able to put complete focus on his recruitment. For this reason, much of Young's recruitment remained unknown, as the lineman rarely commented on his situation because his focus remained on his season and the then-upcoming U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"I'm just going to take it one step at a time," Young said. "I go in to each visit open minded. I like to think that I let them show me the school. I' not going to say, ‘show me this', I'm going to let them do their job."

However, now there seems to be at least some clarity in Young's recruitment, as he appears to be a three-horse race between Penn State, Notre Dame, and Michigan. Young has an official visit set up to all three in the coming weeks.

"As for Penn State, I've already been there, and this time around I'm looking to meet with some of the players, get to know some of them, the dynamics of the team, how they respond to coaching, and the weight room," Young said.

Young, who has family ties in Pittsburgh, said he has been a lifelong fan of Penn State, and has a deep respect for Penn State coach Joe Paterno, among others.

Still, Young is more familiar with Penn State than many think.

While Young's previous unofficial visit to Penn State last summer went unbeknownst to many Nittany Lions fans, there had been speculation that Young checked out a couple of Penn State's Orange Bowl practices, which took place near Young's neck of the woods in south Florida. However, Young maintained that, while he would have liked to made the visit to the Nittany Lions' bowl practices, he ultimately did not because of some scheduling conflicts.

"I was unable to," Young said. "I had the opportunity to go, I just had a conflict so I couldn't go. I talked to [Assistant] Coach [Tom] Bradley all while he was down there, and he said they were having a good time in Miami."

Regarding one of the nation's top college recruiter, Young said that he has formed a good relationship with Bradley.

"He's a good guy," Young said. "He's a little charismatic, I enjoy talking to him. He's more laid back in his conversations and not always talking football, sometimes talking other stuff. Each their recruiting in their own right has certain qualities, and I just like Coach Bradley, and how is charismatic. I think it's a great asset for him."

In a previous interview with during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practice week, Young stated that his decision and announcement will not likely be until on or around signing day in February.


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