John Young Goes Back to Football

The tight end prospect from Los Angeles Loyola, John Young, has been busy the last few months playing hoops, going all the way with Loyola to the CIF championship game. But now the 6-4, 230-pounder is back refocused on football and recruiting...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola tight end John Young (6-4, 230) is ready to refocus on football, after a deep playoff run for his Cubs' basketball team.

With the hoops season behind him, Young is ready to start taking some unofficial visits and make his recruitment a priority.

"I'm still going through the process, seeing what's out there," said Young. "UCLA is still going hard at it and I got an offer from UNLV. I'm getting a lot of letters from LSU and Oklahoma as well. Arizona has just come in and started recruiting me. And I'm definitely still interested in Stanford."

Young said that the Bruins, who offered him first back in September, and the Cardinal are half of the teams making up his top four.

"My top schools right now would be UCLA, Stanford, Oregon and Notre Dame," said Young. "I'm also interested in Cal, too. It's a process, though, right now. I'm not in any rush to decide. My eyes are a little harder on Stanford but I'm still pretty open."

Young said most of his attention is coming as a tight end, but some schools have hinted at a position switch.

"UCLA offered me as a tight end, but said I could gradually grow into a defensive tackle," said Young. "But I prefer tight end and the offensive side of the ball."

Young said with hoops, he dropped some weight but is working his way to the 245 mark where he was previously. During the spring, he's planning to attend a host of camps, including the UCLA and Stanford Camps as well as the L.A. Nike Camp.

"I'm ready to get out there and start playing football again," said Young. "Our season should be good. We don't have many receivers coming back, so I'll be the go-to guy when we're passing the ball."

But Young knows with a weapon like Anthony Barr in the backfield, the Cubs will still be run heavy.

"I'm working on a lot of things in my game, so I know I can keep being a better blocker," said Young.

Young was a part of the Cubs squad that advanced to the CIF-Southern California D-II title game, where they lost to Eisenhower of Rialto. While some bemoaned the loss of Hollis Thompson prior to the season, Young said it may have benefited Loyola.

"We grew as a team because we couldn't just rely on Hollis this year, so it made us better and we depended on each other more," said Young. "Now I'm hoping to carry that over to football and we'll keep getting better there."

Young had 14 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown for Loyola as a junior, helping them to the CIF-SS playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

Academically, Young has a 3.6 unweighted GPA and will take the SAT in June.

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