Young Makes it Official

The four-star linebacker prospect from Louisiana, Kenny Young, is the first to pick UCLA on National Signing Day...

It had long been thought that Kenny Young was leaning to UCLA, and on national television he opted for the Bruins.

The four-star linebacker prospect from River Ridge (Lousiana) John Curtis Christian, said:

"I've prayed on it, and decided to take my talents to UCLA," Young said. "Coach Jeff Ulbrich, he's a great coach, and I feel he can take my talents to the next level."

Young cited national championship hopes and the surrounding area as big keys in securing his commitment.


Kenny Young, MLB, 6'2, 225, , Position Rank: 7

Recruitment: As we've reported throughout the process, Kenny Young was a longtime silent commitment to UCLA, with Jeff Ulbrich locking him up even prior to his senior season. Young wanted to go through the process, though, so UCLA sweated out multiple official visits before finally inking the talented linebacker on Signing Day. Young was also an Army All American.

Evaluation: Young is a force on the inside, with good ability to range sideline to sideline as well as the bulk and tackling ability to be a run stopper on dives. He's not much of a coverage guy, which might limit how much he can play to start out his career, but his motor and aggressiveness are both plus qualities of his.

Impact: Young could compete with Whitley and Savaiinaea, not to mention Judge and Brown, for the vacant inside linebacker position opposite Eric Kendricks. Even if he doesn't win the starting job, we'd project him making an impact in the two deep and on special teams to start out his career.

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