Young Talks UCLA Offer

Mar. 5 -- Three-star defensive end Bryson Young is starting to earn some elite attention...

The last few days have certainly been exciting for three-star defensive end Bryson Young.

With just three offers heading into this week, the last few days have brought good tidings, with Michigan offering to start the week and then UCLA jumping on board yesterday.

"It's insane," Young said. "UCLA is a great school, a lot of history. It's a really exciting offer."

The Bruins actually surprised Young a bit with the offer, since he didn't think they were actually on him that hard.

"They actually hadn't been talking to me very long," Young said. "They've told me they've been watching my film, but this is all pretty new. I talked to them before, maybe a couple of months ago, but it hasn't been a lot of talking."

UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure extended the offer after asking Young to call him yesterday.

"They said based on their defense, they're a versatile defense, so Coach Angus said he's recruiting me mostly as an end, outside linebacker type," Young said. "It's my favorite position, or really my two favorite positions, defensive end especially."

The 6'5, 220 pound prospect out of Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan says that there's one attribute of his that he thinks stands out.

"I just love chasing people down," Young said. "I think my pursuit, that's what makes me the player I am. I just have a trigger that lets me get out and get people."

Though he only has five offers now, with Fresno State, Oregon State, and Colorado State joining Michigan and UCLA, more are expected fairly soon.

"Washington is definitely close to offering," Young said. "And then I think USC is pretty close as well. It's funny, I actually grew up a USC fan, the team on the other side of the city. Ever since the Reggie Bush era, that's been my team."

Young said he actually grew up partially in Los Angeles and still has an affinity for the area.

"I was actually driven around UCLA quite a few times," Young said. "We just moved down there because my stepdad is a psychologist, so we lived down there for a bit since he moves around a lot. I've never been on UCLA's campus before, so I'd love to get down there. (Even though I grew up a USC fan) I'm keeping my mind completely open. It'd be great to go to UCLA, it's a great, great program."

In any case, it doesn't sound as if Young is in any rush to make a decision.

"I'm going to wait until definitely after my senior season," Young said. "Then I'm going to make my decision. I'm not going to make it too early. I"m going to keep my mind open, see which schools get involved. I want to major in psychology, so I'll evaluate all the schools for that."

He's uncertain on many unofficial visits yet, but he does know he'll go to USC's Rising Stars camp, Oregon's camp over the summer, and is planning an unofficial visit to Michigan in the summer as well.

His family certainly has a preference for where he plays his college ball.

"They'd like for me to say in the West," Young said. "Growing up, I always wanted to play in the Pac-12. I'll see how it works out."

Young said that his GPA is, and always has been, solidly above 3.0, so he should be in good shape academically.

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