UCLA Offers 2010 Athlete

UCLA saw him at their one-day camp and, a few months later, offered a scholarship to tight end/defensive tackle John Young, the 6-4, 255-pound junior from Los Angeles Loyola. Young has someone close to him that could be very pro-Bruin...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola tight end/defensive tackle John Young (6-4, 255), a 2010 prospect, received a pleasant surprise two weeks ago, when his first official scholarship offer came in.

"UCLA offered me and it was a surprise to me," said Young. "I knew I had stood out at their camp, but I wasn't expecting an offer until the end of my junior year, from anybody really. But I was pretty excited about it. To get an offer at the beginning of my junior year is an honor. My mom graduated from UCLA so she was all excited, too."

Young said the Bruins aren't the only ones who have been showing interest in him, though they are the only ones who've extended an offer.

"I'm hearing a lot from Stanford, from Oregon here and there and USC a little bit. USC was at our first game against Mira Costa," said Young.

And like his teammate, Anthony Barr, Young is hearing from a pair of other teammates, Nick Holt and Jerry Neuheisel, about which Los Angeles school they should prefer.

"Nick (the son of USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt), is saying USC and Jerry (Rick Neuheisel's son), is saying UCLA, but it's all in good fun," said Young.

Both of the Los Angeles schools are in the early top four for Young, joining Boston College and Stanford.

"There is no particular order to who I like, but those are some of the early schools I'm the most interested in," said Young. "I'm not in any kind of rush to decide. My mom wants me to go through the process and I definitely want to wait and take some visits. I wasn't expecting an offer this soon, so it caught me by surprise, but it's nice to know I have that first offer, and that I have the chance to play in college. But I want to go through the process more."

Young did say, though, the Bruins were his favorite school growing up. "My mom is all about the Bruins since she graduated from there and that was the school I always watched growing up," said Young.

Young plays on both sides of the ball for the Cubs, starting at tight end and defensive tackle, and much of the attention is coming to him as an athlete.

"Yeah, most schools look at me as an athlete. I could play tight end, but I think I'm going to grow into a defensive tackle for college. UCLA offered me as an athlete, I think," said Young.

When Young worked out at UCLA's 1-Day Camp, he worked with the tight ends. At USC's Rising Stars Camp, he saw time at both tight end and on the defensive line.

"Really, it doesn't matter to me what side of the ball I play, I just want to get on the field and do work," said Young.

He's also doing the work in the classroom, and academics are a big part of Young's decision. "Oh most definitely, the academics of a school are really important to me and my family. I have a 3.6 GPA and I'm taking some AP and honors classes this year and next. I'll take the SAT in the spring of next year, too."

Last weekend, Loyola blanked Palos Verdes, 34-0, to improve to 2-0. This weekend, though, they face their toughest challenge when they host De La Salle on Saturday night.

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