It didn’t take long for the future of Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral -- quarterback Bryce Young -- to get a Power Five school chasing after him on the recruiting trail, as Texas Tech emerged as the first program to extend a scholarship offer to the current eighth grade quarterback sensation on June 4.
The 2020 prospect traveled to Lubbock (TX.) for a summer camp with the Red Raider coaches on hand. Afterwards, head coach Kliff Kingsbury delivered some life-changing news to Young.
“Coach Kingsbury offered me personally,” Young said. “I was elated when coach Kingsbury told me that he wanted to offer. I felt extremely blessed and thankful for the opportunity. All of the conversations [with the coaches] were relaxed and supportive. The coaches are young, energetic and easy to relate to. They're knowledge for the game, and specifically my position, was very impressive.”
Young became a future prep player to watch following a stellar youth football career with the Inland Empire Ducks. He then put the state of California’s top high school upperclassmen on notice by leading his 7on7 team Ground Zero to the Passing Down Best of the West title back in April 2016 in Placentia, Calif.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder shows quick feet in the pocket, but his knack for staying calm under pressure and his quick decision making showed his competition why he’s way ahead of the learning curve for a 14-year-old quarterback.
He’s a well-known You Tube sensation, with his youth football films being done by Under The Radar Sports Media, a company renowned for creating highlight reels for some of the top high school prospects in the nation. His films shine a light on Young’s overall athleticism, making some prep football pundits believe that he’ll be labeled as one of the top dual-threat passers for the 2020 class.
Young, though, said he’s capable of sitting in the pocket and firing the ball in the spread offense – the scheme that has given Texas Tech its guise.
“I would say I feel comfortable doing both,” Young said. “I’m comfortable extending plays and making efficient decisions in the pocket and I’m comfortable making plays with my legs.”
He’s a fan of the Big 12 program’s Air Raid offense that operates with as many as five wide receivers on the field and goes without a huddle, saying “It's extremely intriguing as a quarterback. Their offense feels like a very good fit for my abilities because of how often they spread the ball around the field.”
There’s no word on when Young will make a college choice, but along with becoming an early national prospect, he’s energized about setting foot on the LA Cathedral campus this fall.
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“I am extremely excited to be attending Cathedral. There is a lot of talent at the school and already multiple national recruits,” Young said. “Cathedral has a great tradition of having an explosive offense. I am also looking forward to being coached by Kevin Pearson.”