Young Looking to Lead Concord

With nine players total gone due to graduation, Norman Young now leads defending NCHSAA 3A Champion Concord (N.C.) defense in hopes of reaching the state title game once again.

"We have a lot of work to do," said Young. "There is only two of us coming back on defense. I hope we can click as a team this year and get people in the right spots. If we can do that I think overall we will be pretty good this year."

Young, a 6-foot-2 315-pounder, helped lead the defense at defensive tackle with 60 tackles and 12 tackles for loss last season.

"I did ok last year; I did decent," said Young. "I could have been better. I could have been in a little better shape and overall I think I could have been a lot better."

In a season that started off slow with three straight losses, Concord got it together and went on a tear for the remainder of the season winning thirteen consecutive games including a 35-28 victory over Western Alamance in the title game, their second state title in three years.

"We lost our first three games, and we finally sat down and had a talk and we said the only way we were going to win this is if we come together as a team," said Young. "We came together as a team and we won state."

Recruiting is starting to warm up for Young as he lists Ball State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Auburn, North Carolina, and North Carolina State as schools that have shown interest in him.

Although he does not claim any offers there are two schools that are out on top for Young.

"Tennessee is a school I always wanted to go to, and Auburns defense, I have been on them from years," said Young. "So I would say those are my top two."

According to Young, he believes that his future will be on the defensive side of the ball when he starts playing at the college level.

"I think I will be playing defensive tackle," said Young. "I don't think I will be on the offensive side of the ball."

Young is unsure of his summer camp destinations, but will be putting in the extra work for when the fall rolls around.

"I am just training harder than what I did last summer, just trying to do better than what I did last year."

Young not only expects to be a leader vocally for his team but he also looks to be a leader on the field as he aims for three goals that he has set for himself.

"I want to play in the Shrine Bowl," said Young. "I want to go to the East-West game and I want to try to break 100 tackles."

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