Newcomer Profile: Warren Young

Over the summer, we're bringing you video highlights of many of WVU's incoming football players. Today, we'll also begin providing profile recaps of all those players, including comments and analyses from coaches.

Since we started the videos at the front of the alphabet, we'll start at the end for these stories.

Warren Young
DL, 6-4, 225 lbs., 4.7
Mary G. Montgomery High, Eightmile, Ala.

Pass rushing specialist who got late attention from several major Division I-A schools … had a monster year for head coach Scott Lesley with 85 tackles and 22 sacks

Led Montgomery to a 9-2 season and a berth in the class 6A state playoffs. Class 6A is Alabama's largest class … could play either tight end or defensive end according to Montgomery High defensive coordinator Ashley Johnson

"Pass rushing is his strength," Johnson said. "We played him on both offense and defense, but he'll be a defensive end in college. He's quick and gets off the ball well."

Named an honorable mention all-state selection … selected the conference defensive player of the year … also named first-team all-region … Also is an all-county basketball player and a two-time state track qualifier

Recruited to WVU by Montgomery High alum, Rick Trickett … chose WVU over a late charge from home-state school, Auburn, and also Southern Mississippi, Ole Miss and UAB …

"Auburn came after me hard, but they were never sure if they were going to offer me a scholarship," noted Young. "West Virginia was after me the whole time." … one of four players from Mobile to sign with West Virginia this year, along with Ben Clemmons, Andrae Wright and Joe Hunter

"We're all going to do it together," Young told the Mobile Register. "We were talking about it (attending the same college) over the summer, and we stayed with it." … WVU signed two other Mobile natives last year, Theodore High wide receivers Miquelle Henderson and Dee Alston …

Warren plans to major in engineering … son of Joseph and Wanda Young

What Rich Rodriguez says: "Warren Young is an outstanding defensive lineman from Mary Montgomery High, which is the alma mater of Rick Trickett. I don't know if that's good or bad. Coach Trickett recruited him from down there, and we think Warren is an outstanding athlete."

"He's 6-4 and 225 pounds, and we think he'll grow to about 250. We think he's the best athlete of the defensive linemen that we signed. Auburn made a late push to him to try to get him, but fortunately we were able to get Big Warren."

What Herb Hand says: "Warren is very similar in terms of size and style to Andrae [Wright]. Auburn came calling for Warren late, and for a kid in Alabama, that had to be tough to turn down. But that tells you something about the kid's character. He gave us a commitment and stuck with it. We're happy about that, because we think he's going to be a good one."

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