Young Talks Past, Present And Future

After getting the boot from Oklahoma for a violation of team rules, wideout K.J. Young, who just signed with Washington after a year at Riverside CC, did some soul-searching and he figured out he didn't want to miss out on the chance to play the game he loves...

"I made some mistakes and (Oklahoma) held me accountable," Young told "I got caught up in some things that just weren't smart and I had to make some changes.

"I just realized it wasn't right. I didn't like the person I had become, so that old person is dead and I'm back to focusing on the right things and making sure I don't miss out on the chance to play this game, the game I love, again at the highest level you can play."

Once he left the Sooners, Young started to look around for a new opportunity and he thought about never lacing up his cleats again, but the pull of the gridiron still had a grip on him and he decided to sign with Riverside.

"My cousin played there, so that was a big reason why I chose them, but it was also because I believed in the coaches there and that they could help get me back on track to where I wanted to be," Young said. 

As a redshirt sophomore, Young led the Tigers with 40 receptions for 421 yards and six touchdowns.

That productivity didn't manifest itself into much in the way of recruiting interest, but an old relationship was rekindled and it turned into the perfect opportunity for him to find a place to play.

"Because of my situation, a lot of schools just weren't going to give me a chance," Young said. "'KB' (Husky running backs coach Keith Bhonapha) and I knew each other from when he was at Boise State and he was recruiting me out of high school.

"He asked me what I was up to and I said I was just looking for a place to play and that's just sorta how things got started.

"Coach (Chris) Petersen said that he wanted me to come up for a visit and so I went up there (to Seattle) for a visit on May 18th and from the moment I stepped on campus, I knew it was the right place for me.

"I was all-in with them. I wanted to be part of the program there and to play for them and get that second chance.

"When I told them I wanted to be a Husky, coach Pete was really happy, but he also said 'if you commit to us, that means you are done with recruiting' and I said 'I have no problem with that coach. I want to be a Husky'."

On his trip, Young spent time with quite a few of the Husky players and said he felt right at home.

"Officially, my host was Kevin King, but I hung out with a lot of the players," Young said. "Dante PettisAzeem Victor and John Ross III were guys I spent some time with and I also got a chance to talk with Jake Browning.

"They were all good guys and really welcomed me."

In order to get qualified to enroll at Washington, Young had to take one last class and that is why he didn't know exactly where things were headed until early last week.

"I got my grade and passed the class, so I knew I'd qualified, but (Washington) still needed to get all of my transcripts so that didn't actually happen until Friday," Young said. "We cut it close, but I'll be there for the start of fall camp on Monday and I can't wait to get started."

Young said the Huskies plan to use him out of the slot, but he can play almost anywhere.

"Whatever they need me to do, heck, if they want me to be the waterboy, I'll do it," Young said. "I'm just excited to be a Husky and to get this second chance. I'm not going to let it go to waste."

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