2015 Fairfield Central running back Joseph Young was a guy that we felt never really got a fair shake in terms of recruiting but his patience with the process may have paid off for him it seems. We spoke with Young to confirm some reports that swirled around saying he would be heading to the SEC after verbaling to Charlotte back in December.
Wednesday morning while thousands of players across the nation were preparing to sign their letter of intent with their prospective colleges Joseph Young fielded a phone call that would change the entire complexion of his recruitment.
"You know, I'm so happy about this. I stayed humble about the whole situation with my recruitment. I got news that I could attend Tennessee as a blueshirt and I jumped at the opportunity."
A blueshirt, as Scout.com's Jamie Newberg explains it is, "considered a non-recruited athlete – a prospect who can’t be recruited, make an official visit, have an in-home visit with a coach or a written scholarship offer from that school. Essentially, they are a walk-on who must pay for school. They are awarded a scholarship after their arrival which counts ahead to the next year’s class as long as that scholarship doesn’t bump the roster number above 85."
So Young will attend Tennessee and eventually count against the Volunteers' 2016 scholarships.
The Volunteers explained the situation thoroughly to Young and he told us what his next move is.
"Well it's less stressful now knowing where I'm heading and to have the process over with. I'm just focusing on the weight room and track so I can come in and compete for some playing time hopefully. I'll be working on trying to improve all aspects of my game, strength, speed, and quickness. I'm going up to Knoxville as early as possible."
Young was a man about his change of heart and broke the news to the Charlotte coaches.
"It was very tough and difficult for me to break the news to the Charlotte coaches. I said you only live once so I had to take this SEC offer."
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