A three-year starter at Illinois State, the 23-year-old Chicago native holds the school record for pass deflections in a career (44), in a season (20) and in a game (6, twice). An All-Gateway Conference first team selection in both 1999 and 2000, Young posted 4 career interceptions, three as a junior. He started all eight games in which he played as a senior and, despite missing three games with a thumb injury, still managed to lead the conference in passes defensed with 20.
As a prep, Young was an all-city selection at Chicago's Simeon High School after leading his team in tackles as a senior. He also won the city title in track in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.