Young: "Sooner Rather Than Later"

John Young, the 6-4, 250-pound tight end/athlete from Los Angeles Loyola, told that he'd like to make a decision "sooner rather than later," and that one school is his clear leader...

John Young, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound three-star tight end from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Calif., says he'd like to make his decision "sooner, rather than later" but still plans on taking a few official visits before pulling the trigger.

"I'll probably decide before my season ends," Young said.

The team to beat for Young is still UCLA and he admits their lead is "pretty high."

He says the Bruins are recruiting him the hardest and he attended their 33-14 victory over San Diego State on Sept. 5.

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "You can tell they've got a lot going for them. I think they'll do well this year and go into a good bowl game. I see a lot of talent on that team, so there's really no limit for them."

Young, ranked as the No. 22 tight end in the country by, plans on attending several other Bruins games this season.

"I got a call from coach Rick Neuheisel last night," Young said. "He told me that I'd be a good tight end for them. They have like three tight ends graduating, so they're going to need someone to step up and there's a good chance I could play early."

Young says that UCLA holds a solid lead over Florida State and Arizona State. All three have offered as well as UNLV.

"I'd definitely like to get out to Florida State for a visit," he said. "I saw that Miami game and it got me excited about going down there for a visit. It was a great, close game."

Although it's not officially set yet, Young says he'll likely visit Arizona State on Oct. 3 when the Sun Devils take on Oregon State.

"I've heard a lot about the facilities and how great they are," he said. "I've also heard good things about the area and the coaches and I just really want to check them out."

Despite his close proximity to UCLA, Young says he'll still visit the Bruins officially as well.

Since Sept. 1, Young says he's gotten calls from coaches at UCLA and Arizona State and is still receiving a lot of mail from Arizona, Colorado and California, even though none have offered.

Loyola High School started their season on Sept. 4 with a 28-18 victory at Mira Costa. On Sept. 11, the Cubs head down south to take on Mission Viejo.

Young plans on majoring in sports medicine and reports a 3.6 core GPA and 1720 three-part SAT, but plans on retaking his test. "I can do better," he said.

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