Sam Young Ready to Slash List

One of the hot stories, from coast to coast, early in this 2006 recruiting cycle is the pursuit of Florida offensive tackle Sam Young. He has already taken a number of unofficial visits to a breadth of college campuses, and the 6'7" towering tackle tells us that he is now ready to notify the schools who have made his list - narrowed from 30+ offers to just a few.

Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) offensive lineman Sam Young (6-7, 280, 5.25) says he's got his list narrowed down to six schools.  Unfortunately, those six are still a secret.

"I'm going to let the coaches at those six programs know tomorrow (6/23) or Friday that they're the top schools I'm looking at right now.  I'll let the Internet sites know by next week.  It would only be fair and respectful to do that," said Young, from St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

So far, the phenom offensive lineman has been to USC, Stanford and North Carolina on unofficial visits this past spring.  He also took some trips to both Penn State and Ohio State last summer.  Last week he was at Notre Dame (6/16) and Michigan (6/18) for unofficial visits as well.

He's also been to Junior Days at Duke, Florida and Miami.

"No one in my family had ever been to Notre Dame before.  We got to see the campus and speak with coach (Charlie) Weis and coach (John) Latina (offensive line).  It was a very informative trip for me and my family as far as learning more than just the football aspects of the school.  The campus there is great, and I really like what coach Weis is doing with the program," he said.

"The trip to Michigan was my second time there.  This was a chance for me to get to know the players a little more.  I got to speak with coach (Lloyd) Carr, (Andy) Moeller (offensive line) and (Scot) Loeffler (quarterbacks).  And I got to sit in on an O-line meeting.  I got to get more of a feeling of what playing ball was like there.

"That's it for me for the summer, pretty much.  I won't go on any other unofficial visits or to any camps.  I'd like to commit to a program closer to the end of the season.  It might be difficult for me to take all five of my official visits because the football schedules down here in Florida are so spread out.  But if I feel comfortable enough with a program… then I'll take the initiative and commit," he said.

Young reports a 3.4 GPA/1830 SAT (new version).


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