2010 Watch: Auburn S Chris Young

He's one of the top defensive players in the Pacific Northwest, but Auburn (Wa.) S/LB Chris Young is a humble, hard-working prospect that is working hard both on and off the field to make sure he maximizes his potential on the gridiron. Here's a look at one of the top in-state juniors who will be one of the hottest commodities in the Evergreen State next fall...

As a junior for Auburn in 2008, Young filled up the stat sheet, posting over 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, catching four passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns and throwing one touchdown pass on offense, but it was his performance as a hard-hitting safety that he made his name notching 62 tackles and two interceptions for a team that went 11-1.

"They used me a lot of different ways," Young told Dawgman.com recently. "They had me at linebacker and safety, at rover and at running back. I was sorta all over the place."

Young says he's currently measuring in at a solid 6-0, 215 pounds and that he only has one preference of where he plays at the next level.

"I don't care where I play as long as it's the best position for me," Young said humbly. "If the school I end up at thinks I would be a better fit at linebacker, then that is what I would do, if they think I will do better and be a bigger impact at safety I'll do that.

"They could stick me on the defensive line if they thought that is where I would be the best fit and I would work hard just to make sure I did everthing I could to be the best I can be."

Young's size and speed (4.6) are impressive and schools from up and down the west coast have been making their moves on him, but it's the two in-state schools that are showing him the most interest.

"I get letters from Washington and Washington State all the time," Young said. "I actually got to meet one of the Wazzu coaches when he stopped by our campus and that was pretty cool.

"He just told me about what the new staff over there was building and how they wanted athletes and guys that liked to hit."

The new Washington staff hasn't been in contact as much, but Young said he's very interested in what is going on at Montlake.

"You have both of the coordinators from USC right up there at my favorite school," Young admitted. "I mean, that is great for the school and it's great for me.

"Coach (Steve) Sarkisian and coach (Nick) Holt have great reputations, so they should get Washington turned around really quickly and I'm going to go up there for spring ball to see how things are run and just see what they plan to do."

Young plans to take the SAT this spring to get a jump on qualifying and he said he's also very hard at work in the classroom to make sure that isn't an area that holds him back.

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