Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial two-way prospect Dedrick Young (6-1, 225) is prepping for a busy next few days.
On Thursday night, Young will see two of his top six schools, Arizona State and UCLA, play in Tempe.
On Friday, he and Centennial will take on crosstown rival Liberty.
Then Saturday morning, he’ll fly to the Midwest for his second official visit, tripping to Nebraska.
“I’m going to see Arizona State and UCLA play on Thursday and that should be a good game,” said Young. “It’s cool I’ll see both of them. I don’t think it means anything who wins or who loses in my recruitment. I’m just going there to watch it and see the players up close. Then I’m going out to Nebraska on Saturday for my second trip. They play Illinois.”
It will be the second time Young sees Illinois on an official visit, having seen them when he visited Washington two weeks ago.
“My trip to Washington was good, I had a good time,” said Young. “Shane Bowman was my host and I hung out with of the other redshirt freshman.”
The Huskies, like most of Young’s finalists, like him as a linebacker.
“Coach (Bob) Gregory said they like me either as a Will or a Sam,” said Young.
In fact, the only school that Young has in his final six that isn’t saying defense is UCLA.
“From my top six, it’s mostly linebacker, but UCLA is the only that says mainly running back. Coach (Jim) Mora and Coach (Kennedy) Polamalu are mostly recruiting and I talk to Coach (DeShaun) Foster too,” said Young. “I don’t think either side really matters that much. I just want to get on the field.”
Young’s top six would make the Rose Bowl proud, with four Pac-12 schools and two Big Ten schools on it.
“Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA, Washington, Nebraska and Michigan State are my top six,” said Young. “Washington and Nebraska are the only two visits I’ve set or taken. I’m not certain what weekends the others will be. I know I will take one to UCLA and I might take an official to Arizona or Arizona State.”
Young said he’s got a rough timeframe for when he wants to decide.
“My goal was before the season ends, but if that doesn’t happen, it will hopefully be before the end of December,” said Young.