The quarterback position is one that comes with a great deal of pressure on any football team but to play the position at Byrnes High School brings a bit of added pressure compared to most other schools considering the school's prolific signal callers over the past decade plus. 2016 quarterback Micah Young is entering his second season under center for the Rebels and his success has flown under the radar just like his recruitment for the most part thus far. We caught up with Young as he's got the Rebels off to a 2-0 start and staring down a tough out of state opponent on Friday in Mallard Creek (NC).
Young saw arguably the biggest defensive line he'll see this season in the season opener against Northwestern. He talked at length about that game and playing against a college sized defensive line.
"They were a great team and they were physical! It took our guys a few minutes to settle in but once we got going we were pretty good up front."
Two games into the season we asked Young to grade his performance on a letter grade scale and this is what he had to say, "I'm going to say a C+ because I always have room to improve and get better. I'm pretty hard on myslef to become a better player week in and week out."
Through those two games Young says his current stats are 38-49 for 555 yards and 8 touchdowns with 1 interception and 1 rushing touchdown.
With Mallard Creek set to invade Duncan on Friday we asked Young what he knows about the North Carolina powerhouse and what his mindset is heading into the battle?
"I know that Mallard Creek is a very physical team and they're well coached. Our mindset is to settle in and play Byrnes football. At the end of the day it's a football game and we control the outcome of the game. I'm ready to get after it and go to war with my guys."
As mentioned before Young hasn't gotten the attention that past Rebel quarterbacks have received but he's working hard to try and earn himself a scholarship and continue the tradition of Byrnes quarterbacks who've gone on to play on the collegiate level.
"I'm hearing from Campbell, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, North Greenville, and Wingate. I'll be in someone's stands or sidelines every Saturday, and that's for sure."
Young says some schools are looking at him as a quarterback while others are recruiting him as an athlete.
We asked the 2016 prospect what areas of his game have improved the most since the end of his junior season up till this point now?
"I've become a lot smarter with making better decisions in my reads. I make a lot of plays with my feet as well but I have room to improve my game. I have great receivers and an offensive line that will give me time to throw and when we're together we're dangerous."
Moving forward he says, "Our overall goals for the team are to win a state championship and become a better team each and every week so we can bring the title back to Byrnes. My personal goals for the season are to make an All-Star game and pick up some scholarship offers."
We'll follow Micah Young's recruitment as the dual-threat prospect continues to guide his team this year in hopes of landing some scholarship offers. Keep it right here with SCPrepNation.com for more!
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