On a team loaded with future D-1 talent, Lakeland (FL) junior wide receiver Tariq Young has relentlessly worked to shine but had yet to earn that first scholarship. All that changed Wednesday when Wisconsin entered the picture and made a splash in his recruitment.
“My head coach had called me and told me that the coach had called him and he had wanted to offer me,” Young told BadgerNation. “I was excited and it was unexpected. An offer is an offer, so I was happy. It means a lot being my first offer because the players around me have offers, so it shows I can make it too and I appreciate the offer. I think it shows a lot for my future. It is a true blessing and I am just so happy about the offer.”
Despite the 5-11, 180-pound wide out receiving his first offer from the Badgers, his familiarity is not very high. He hopes to change that with a potential visit.
“That is a school I would be willing to go to,” said Young. “I like the school and how they play football, but I just don’t know too much about them. Definitely I would visit Wisconsin.”
While Young now is on the board with his Badger offer, he has also been hearing from Boise State, Clemson, Florida, Missouri, Pittsburgh and South Florida. With his recruiting process starting to speed up, he knows his game is very compatible to excel on the next level.
“I try to get north and south as quick as possible,” said Young. “I use my speed, strength, athleticism to an advantage. I’m very shifty and I like making defenders miss and can really catch good. When I am on the field, it is going to be a show.”