NJ Tailback Favors Wisconsin

Moorestown tailback Albert Young will visit Wisconsin Dec. 6, and says the only thing holding him back from committing is Wisconsin's depth at the tailback position.

After leading his team to a stunning upset of the No. 2 team in the state of New Jersey, Woodrow Wilson, senior tailback Albert Young confirmed his he is currently leaning towards Wisconsin.

Young, a 5-10, 205-pound blue-chipper from Moorestown, N.J., would love to continue the Jersey-to-Madison pipeline.

"Wisconsin puts you in a situation to go to the next level," Young said. "You just have to take advantage of it. They'll give you a great line, they have a good offense. It's just up to the player."

There's just one thing holding Young back from making a commitment – numbers. Young is well aware that the Badgers are pretty well-stocked at the tailback position right now, and he's leery to commit to a school where he might struggle for playing time.

"They brought in five running backs just last year. That might be the one thing," Young said.

Young said he knows Lamarr Watkins, and is aware that some of those tailbacks were moved to defense, but he's still nervous about the number of talented, young backs on the depth chart.

Wisconsin remains his favorite, and it's the only school he's scheduled an official visit to (Dec. 6). Rounding out his top four are Colorado, Penn State and Boston College.

Young is brimming with confidence following the victory over Wilson, one week after dropping the season opener. Trailing 26-7 at halftime, Young almost single-handedly brought his team to victory.

He caught two touchdown passes (20 and 92 yards), while rushing for 70 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, and threw a 45-yard touchdown on a halfback option.

"That's a trick play, but I think every team knows we like to give me the option to throw every play," Young said. "So I don't know if you'd call it a trick play. Most of the time, I get the option to throw."

Young has caught a few Wisconsin games on television this season, and he's very impressed with Anthony Davis. But he sees himself as a slightly different kind of tailback than the fellow Jersey native.

"He's more of a straight-ahead, downhill guy," Young said. "I run downhill, but they don't throw to him much. That's the one thing. I want to catch the ball. I like to hit the corner and go.

"I try to make my game like Marshall Faulk. Because everybody can run. I'm real confident with my hands, and I feel like I can hurt a team (multiple) ways. (Against Wilson), they were stuffing our run, our line couldn't even block them, so I told my coach I wanted to play some receiver."

The result was perhaps the upset of the year in New Jersey high school state football.

Young said he will likely visit all four of his finalists, and make his decision following his trips.

Badger Nation Top Stories