UCLA Leads for John Young

The 6-4, 250-pound tight end prospect from Los Angeles Loyola, John Young, talks about the "great family atmosphere" and other reasons why he now says UCLA leads for him...

John Young, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound three-star tight end from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Calif., has scholarship offers from UCLA, Florida State and UNLV and says that the Bruins are now his top choice.

Young, ranked as the No. 25 tight end in the country by Scout.com, said he favors UCLA slightly over Stanford, California and Florida State. The only two he's already visited are UCLA and Stanford.

"I really like the team camaraderie at UCLA," Young said. "It's a great family atmosphere over there."

The Bruins are recruiting Young the hardest. "I love the direction coach Rick Neuheisel has UCLA going. If anybody can turn them around it's him. He's very easy going and personable. He's just a cool guy to talk to."

Although Young says he never followed a specific program as a kid, his mom was a cheerleader for the Bruins.

"Stanford is a beautiful area," he said. "It's another school with a good family atmosphere and they have some good coaches too. I really like coach Jim Harbaugh and how intense he is. I think they're up-and-coming."

But how serious are the Cardinal? "They said they want to see some more of me this season," he said. "They said they are looking to see more domination on the line from me and that's what I'm trying to work on the most."

California is another program that is taking a "wait-and-see" approach with Young. "They said they love my film and my potential," he said. "I think they are actually close to offering."

Young doesn't plan on attending any camps this summer but hopes to visit Florida State before the start of his senior year. "I really want to see what it's like," he said. "I don't know much about the school, but I know they have a fast offense and that the program has a lot of tradition."

He also plays basketball (power forward) but only plans on playing football in college.

"Football only takes you so far so I want a good academic school too," Young said. "I'd like a program that will help me develop as an athlete and help me reach my full potential."

He says he'll likely decide during the season.

Young finished his junior season with 20 receptions for two touchdowns.

"I can get past the second level of defense," he said. "I have a great initial push off and am pretty quick for a big tight end."

He says he can bench 280-pounds, squat 405 and has a 26-inch vertical jump.

"I want to work on my domination on the line," he said. "I need to get stronger, especially my upper body and just have a nastier mentality out there."

Young plans on majoring in sports medicine and reports a 3.6 core GPA and is still waiting on the results of the June 6 SAT.

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