Saige Young was a late name to the Commodores radar but quickly became a wanted man by the Vanderbilt coaching staff.
Looking to add depth to their offensive line while also trying to find someone who could compete on the field this fall for a starting job, Vanderbilt targeted Young as that guy and they moved quickly trying to add the Dodge City Community College offensive lineman.
A few days prior to National Signing Day, Vanderbilt officially offered Young and immediately became a contender for his signature. After receiving the Dores offer, Young began to set up visit plans to Nashville.
Last weekend the Commodores hosted Young on his official visit and the moment he stepped foot on campus, the Kentucky native knew Vanderbilt was his future home.
"Headed into my visit, I already had a feeling that Vanderbilt was going to be my school but as soon as I arrived, it immediately felt like home," he said. "Vanderbilt is a beautiful place and there wasn't a moment where I didn't feel comfortable. I was ready to commit as soon as I could."
Young became the 22nd member of the Commodores 2017 recruiting class, after his commitment. He choose the Commodores over offers from East Carolina, Fla Atlantic, Houston, Iowa St, Marshall, MTSU and others.
He decided on the Commodores because of their placement inside the Southeastern Conference but also because of the opportunity to achieve an education at one of the top academic institutions in the country.
"Going through the process, I really was looking for a school that not only gave me a chance to play big time football but also earn the best education I could. As time went on, Vanderbilt became the one school that offered both of those opportunities. Academics are more important to me than football but if you can find both, you take a serious look at it and that's what I did with Vanderbilt. It became a no brainer for me over time that Vandy was the school for me. I am so excited about my decision and I can't wait to get started."
He was able to receive the entire campus tour as well as talk to the entire coaching staff. Young was the lone recruit on campus last weekend, so he had the coaches full attention and received the 5-star treatment.
"The visit overall was awesome. The campus is beautiful. Nashville is a great city to live. The facilities are top notch and the coaching staff is full of great men who I trust fully with my development. They really laid out the red carpet for me and treated me so well that it would have been hard to not commit to them. I know I made the right decision. I can't wait to be a student on campus," said Young.
Young fills a need for the Commodores. He is a big, physical interior lineman who could easily find a starting role on the 2017 Vanderbilt team. The coaching staff recruited Young for those purposes and the 6'4 315 pound lineman is ready to compete, beginning this fall.
"From the beginning when Vanderbilt started recruiting me, they let it be known how much they liked my film and how much I fit into their system," he said. "They wanted someone who could compete right away and their offensive line more depth. They told me that I was the guy who could fill that role for them and you can bet I am ready to go. I will be there this fall, so from day one, I will be ready to compete and hopefully end up starting on an SEC offensive line."
Young has three years of eligibility remaining. He is also originally from Versailies, Kentucky where he attended Woodford County High School.