Pierce back working his way back to health

Last summer, Pierce RB Prince Young (5-11, 205) was considered an up-and-coming JUCO running back recruit. However, after tearing the ACL in his left knee, he's still looking for a D-1 opportunity, although he may know very soon where he stand with two schools that have been recruiting him. JCFootball.com spoke to Young recently and he updated us on where things stand…

Young was an outstanding prep in New Jersey, racking up big numbers at Brick Township Memorial High School, however he wasn't able to get a qualifying SAT score so he headed to Fork Union Military Academy to get things straightened out.

"When I was there I had a solid season, but I only had a few schools looking at me," Young told JCFootball.com. "I signed with Wagner College in Staten Island (New York) and had a good freshman year, but I just wasn't happy with things there, so I decided to head out here to Pierce to play a year and see if I could play at a higher level."

As a freshman back in 2008, Young totaled 823 yards and six touchdowns at Wagner and was all set to have a big season for the Brahmas, but he blew out his knee in the fourth game after rushing for only 367 yards and two touchdowns.

"I was frustrated, but I was determined to get it taken care of and get back to training and stuff," Young said. "I had my knee operation on October 27th and have basically been working on rehabbing it since then."

Because he didn't finish the season, the recruiting interest again avoided him, but he does have two schools keeping their eyes on both his rehab as well as his work in the classroom.

"Utah State wanted to offer me, but I couldn't get done when they wanted," Young admitted. "They are still watching me, but at this point they haven't offered and I don't really know if I will end up getting one or not.

"San Diego State is also looking at me and wants me to walk on and I might do that so that I can earn a scholarship. They are really high on me and said I have a good shot at getting a scholarship if I come in ready to go.

"Both of them are watching my grades and making sure I finish up this summer and if that happens, we'll see how it ends up."

Young could appeal and possibly get a year back due to the injury he suffered, but at this point, he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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