Young Enjoys His Official to UCLA

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola tight end John Young, a Bruin commit, talks about how special his official visit to UCLA was...

There was never any doubt Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola tight end John Young would end up in Westwood.

The longtime Bruin lean, who was offered officially by the Bruins on September 1st of 2008, committed to the Bruins in the fall.

A frequent guest at UCLA for practices and Junior Days, Young always knew he'd end up at UCLA.

But his official visit was still better than he imagined.

"I've been there so many times, but this trip was special," said Young. "The camaraderie amongst the players stood out to me most of all. That was a big part of the visit. Everyone is down to earth there. This trip gave me a chance to get to know the guys personally and see where I fit in."

Young was hosted by Nate Chandler on his visit, and got to spend time with each of the coaches.

"I got a chance to talk with each coach individually and a lot of time with Coach Norm Chow. We talked about how I'd be used. I feel like playing early, it's depending on me but most likely I'll redshirt," said the 6-4, 245-pound Young.

Young used the visit to talk with some of his future teammates.

"I met Tevin McDonald and Malcolm Jones and those two guys are two I got to know really well," said Young. "I also talked with Taylor Embree a lot and Joseph Fauria. I've known Joe for a while, we played against each other when I was a sophomore and he was a senior (at Crespi)."

Young's mother was a former cheerleader at UCLA, and she was cheering for the Bruins when head coach Rick Neuheisel was playing quarterback at UCLA.

"My mom went on my official visit with me and she said it brought back some great memories. A couple of the coaches were clowning around about her being a song girl at UCLA. She was there when Coach Neuheisel played there," said Young.

Young, like many, had heard the rumors of Chow's potential departure for USC, but he was relieved to hear he'd be staying in Westwood.

"I was very happy when he said he was going to stay with UCLA," said Young. "He's a big part of UCLA's offense and a big reason I chose to go to UCLA was to work under him."

With his own recruitment done, Young said he's been watching teammate Anthony Barr, one of the top uncommitted recruits in the country, inch closer to his decision.

"I think he may wait until Signing Day," said Young. "I'm not putting any pressure on him, but I'm just more here in a support ways. In his own way, he needs to decide. Of course, I'm dropping subtle hints."

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