UP NEXT: 2014 Woodmont OT Malik Young

Our "UP NEXT" series rolls on as we feature a player we saw 2 seasons ago and now is finally coming into his own heading towards his senior season. Enter 2014 offensive tackle Malik Young of Woodmont High School. The 6'4 290 pound prospect was one of the best OL prospects at the NFTC event in Atlanta a few weeks back and held his own against a number of high D1 prospects!

Malik Young Profile

We first saw 2014 Woodmont offensive tackle Malik Young 2 seasons ago. With a good frame and time on his side we figured it wouldn't be too long before we'd be speaking with the 6'4 290 pound prospect again. After a strong showing at a NFTC event in Atlanta a few weeks back Young has emerged on the radar as he fared well against a number of highly ranked defensive linemen there. That's why he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com.

Currently Young says he's hearing from a handful of schools. After the event in Atlanta he's hoping that will soon change.

"I'm hearing from Clemson, Duke, South Carolina, and Missouri. Out of those schools I'd say that Duke and South Carolina are recruiting me the hardest right now."

Young says he doesn't hold any offers yet but he says that once he gets his grades in order and receives a qualifying SAT score once he takes it in June that hopefully will change.

Asked about his showing at the NFTC in Atlanta Young had this to say.

"I was happy with how I performed."

In fact, the NFTC event coincided with invitations Young says he received to visit Clemson's Spring Game and Duke.

Still relatively new to the recruiting process Young says there are a couple of other schools he'd like to hear from soon.

"I'd like to hear more from Tennessee, Florida State, or Alabama."

The 2014 prospect says he's taken his game to the next level by putting forth a serious effort with his off season training.

"Well this season we have a class that only has football players in it taught by our head coach and I've raised my bench press by 90 pounds and my squat by 60 pounds. On Saturdays and Sundays I have a trainer for speed, agility, footwork, and conditioning."

Its a formula that Young is hoping will translate to some scholarship offers. He talked with us about the strengths and weaknesses of his game too.

"I'd say my pass protection, pulling ability, and technique are my biggest strengths right now. I'd like to improve my strength, actually having a mean streak, and getting better leverage on my opponents to get better for next season."

Young also told us some things that he wants to share with potential college coaches about himself.

"I'm willing to work as hard as I can to become the best player I can be on and off the field."

Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for more updates with Malik Young and other top high school prospects here in South Carolina...

Bench press: 300 pounds
Squat: 465 pounds
Power clean: 255 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.91 seconds

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