Miami (Fla.) three-star Keyshawn Young came to USC wide open about playing defensive back and left Los Angeles shutting down his recruitment.
Although rated as the nation’s No. 63 wide receiver, Young made the trip to Los Angeles as a cornerback/athlete prospect for the Trojans. Wednesday, he announced that he will play at USC.
“Yes sir, I'm going to USC,” said Young. “I told Coach (Clay) Helton I was coming on my visit, but I had to be sure and talk it over with my family.”
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound three-star unofficially visited Southern California in June or the B2G Sports Camp, but did not get a chance to see USC. Fast forward to last weekend, and Young was able to see the campus he will call home for the ext four years of his life.
“It was wonderful - I really enjoyed everything,” said Young. “The visit went great and I got see everything I needed to. I got to meet the coaches and the players, which was most important.
“For me, I just needed to see how I fit in at USC. I had a good relationship with Coach Tee (Martin) and Coach (Keynodo) Hudson, but I needed to see the program for myself. It needed to feel like home to me.”
Young, who had 27 all-purpose touchdowns combined over the past two seasons, was originally looked at as a wide receiver prospect by USC. But playing free safety and cornerback for Miami High School his senior season, his quickness and coverage skills caused the Trojans’ coaching staff to do a double-take late in the process.
“They like my speed, my aggressiveness and my ability to make plays all over the field,” said Young. “I’ll play DB, kick returner, wide receiver… anywhere.”
Young chose USC over scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Michigan, LSU, USC and Louisville.
Young is rated the No. 6 player overall in Miami-Dade County by the Miami Herald. His friend, safety Jamel Cook, is rated the No. 2 player in the county. Cook announced he would also attend USC earlier in the day.
“We’re real close, so we talked about playing in college together,” said Young. “I knew that wherever I went, he was coming with me.”