"Basically, it comes down to my SAT. I haven't had a chance to see my scores (he took them on June 3), so once I get my scores, I think an offer could come," said Young. "My counselor said that my SAT, if it's high enough with my GPA, should be good for an offer."
Who it comes from first remains to be seen, but Young won't be picky.
Young said that while those six schools have been recruiting him and are the schools he has the most interest in, there's also San Diego State, Arizona State, Fresno State, Michigan State, Idaho and Minnesota who have been showing interest in him.
But what about a favorite? "UCLA was my childhood favorite," Young said. "Me and my mom always talked about that even if I didn't go to the NFL, I want a good degree and UCLA has that. USC was another one of the schools I watched and it's always a big-time school. But right now I'm looking at reality and it's hard to play up there."
Young did what he could at the Bruins and Trojans summer camps, trying to leave a lasting impression with the respective coaching staffs. He said, "I worked with the receivers at UCLA's camp and I did really good on offense there. Coach (Eric) Scott (former UCLA receiver and current Crenshaw OC) had brought me up there and I heard Coach (Karl) Dorrell asking ‘Who is this guy and what are his grades like?' I know that the UCs are a higher standard so I want to do what I can to get my grades there. The offensive coordinator at UCLA (Jim Svoboda) said they were ready to offer me but I need to bring my grades up," said Young.
When he went across town to the USC camp, it was on the other side of the ball that he made his impression. "I started out with the receivers at USC but then they asked me to work with the DBs so I showed them what I can do," said Young. "I mean, I play receiver and I want to play that in college because I want to make plays. But I don't mind playing defense. I'll go to college as an athlete if that helps me. I want to come in and play early, come in and start, but I want to do what helps the team."
With the two Los Angeles schools his favorites, Young does have interest outside of the Golden State and a school that both the Bruins and Trojans have played on numerous occasions in the Rose Bowl and in non-conference games has Young's attention.
"My mom is from Michigan and Michigan is a school I always wanted to go to and play big-time football. They're always on TV and they get all kinds of people at their games," said Young.
Even if he does get his first offer here this summer, Young said it wouldn't expedite a commitment. He said: "I want to take all of my five trips, see who treats me the best, what's the best fit for me. I want to see how the classes are within my educational field and see what schools are in to me. I'm more into the education but I still want it to have a good football program."
Young, who says he patterns his game after the great Jerry Rice, had a good summer on the passing league circuit, being named the MVP of the Watts Games (where University did well but lost to Verbum Dei in the playoffs). He had a junior year where he had 30 receptions for over 600 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, he had 50 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions.
Academically, Young said his core GPA after this most recent semester was in the 2.7 range.