Wisconsin Connections for Young

Coconut Creek (FL) High sophomore athlete Malek Young is one of the hottest players in Florida, having been offered numerous big-time offers in the past week, including Wisconsin.

Sophomore Malek Young hasn't watch a lot of Wisconsin football over the past handful of years, but that didn't stop him from calling the offer from the Badgers a "big one."

The Badgers' reputation of recent success is well known to Young despite him not tuning in to many of their games. Part of that is word of mouth considering Wisconsin signed seven Florida natives in the 2014 recruiting class, including two of Young's friends in wide receiver George Rushing and cornerback Derrick Tindal.

"It's good to know a lot of Florida kids are heading to Wisconsin," Young told BadgerNation. "I've played football and ran track against them. I've worked out with Derrick … and he likes how he fits in with the corner position. He was going to play nickel, but he feels that he has a chance to start there."

The 5-10, 175-pound athlete has been red hot during the spring evaluation period. In a little over a week, Young picked up offers from Florida International Indiana, Massachusetts, Rutgers, USF and Wisconsin. He added Michigan on Thursday morning. All the opportunities bring a measured level of excitement for Young, but the Wisconsin offer was added special since it was unexpected.

"That's a big D1 school," Young said of Wisconsin. "They watched my film and we had a good conversation about the program. (That UW offer) says I'm a big D1 player and I can make plays on the field."

That's high praise from Young, who already holds BCS offers from Cincinnati, Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, South Florida and West Virginia. He attributes his early scholarship haul from going to a plethora of different camps last summer to get his game out there.

"I got really excited about the things I could do out on the field and things like that," said Young.

Scoring nine times last season for Coconut Creek, Young played cornerback and receiver so well that most schools have labeled him strictly as an athlete.

"(This spring I've) basically worked on footwork, quick footwork," said Young. "I have been doing some ladder drills to get better at corner."


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