Young Visiting Texas A&M

6-foot-9 forward Andrew Young has skyrocketed up the recruiting ranks and is now being coveted by some of the top programs in the nation. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop has the latest on Young's recruitment which includes a recruiting visit to Texas A&M

Growing up a swimmer and then toiling around the California junior college circuit without much success, Andrew Young realized that it was time to get focused both on and off the basketball court. After transferring from Cabrillo Community College and redshirting last season at Monterey Peninsula Community College, the 6-foot-9, 230-pound post player realized it was now or never if he wanted to take his playing career and his studies to the next level.

"When I got here (Monterey), I knew I had to narrow my focus on basketball and academics," Young said. "I worked hard every day to get better. I got serious about my future."

The hard work definitely paid off. Sporting a GPA just under 4.0 and lighting up Monterey Peninsula opponents to the tune of 22 points and 15 rebounds a night, Young has become one of the most sought-after JUCO forwards in the country. Young discussed his success on the court that led him to average a double-double throughout the entire 2011-2012 season.

"I'm very aggressive. Rebounding is about desire and wanting it more than the other guy," Young said. "From a scoring standpoint, I'm a versatile player that can score with my back to the basket or I can step out and hit a shot facing the basket. Coaches have told me I run the floor well and that I'm a good athlete for my size."

The major programs have definitely noticed. The California JUCO has heard from over 45 schools and has offers from the likes of Oregon, Texas A&M, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Cincinnati, Texas Tech, LSU, Vanderbilt, and Pittsburgh. With his season ended, he has started to schedule visits and narrow down his list of suitors.

"I'm definitely going to visit Texas A&M, Oregon, and NC State," Young said. "My last visit will likely come from either Vanderbilt or LSU. I'm going to Texas A&M this weekend and I have Oregon scheduled for the first weekend in April. I'll schedule NC State when they return from the NCAA Tournament. "

Young took his first official visit to Cal-Poly before the season, and before his stock skyrocketed. So he has only four visits available to take this spring. Young claims no leaders at this point and he'll let the official visits decide where he eventually lands.

"I'm open right now. I want to have a comfort level with the coaching staff and trusting that they can develop my talents for the next level," Young said. "I don't want to be handed a starting spot or playing time, but I do want to go somewhere that has plenty of opportunity for me to earn significant playing time. My goal is to play professional basketball and make a living at it, and the only way to do that is to develop my skills and play."

Young hopes to have a decision on his future by mid-April after completing his official visits.

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