December 16, 2008

Young looking at other options?

It is very rare to see a high school junior make a verbal pledge as early as Olney (Md.) Good Counsel cornerback Louis Young. The talented defensive back committed to Stanford in October despite having received offers from a few other schools and with more offers almost guaranteed to be on the way.

Young's verbal spoke volumes about how highly he thought of Stanford and the Cardinal coaching staff. While he does not want to de-commit, he does want to keep his options open.

"I'm not de-committing," Young told in a recent phone interview. "I'm still with Stanford right now. I've just notified a lot of coaches that I'm still open to hearing from other schools."

Coaches from Boston College, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Penn State, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Florida, UConn, Rutgers, Michigan, Michigan State and a "host of other ACC schools", according to Young, have expressed interest despite his early verbal commitment to Stanford.

"The Stanford coaches know that I'm still open. They also know that I'm with them for now. I'm just going to wait and see what happens."

North Carolina and Wake Forest recently offered the 6-foot-1, 198-pound cornerback. Prior to his commitment he had received offers from Boston College, Maryland and Virginia Tech, and those offers still stand.

"I'm going to be taking a lot of visits probably in late January and early February. That will go all the way through the summer. The schools I'm sure I'm going to visit are Boston College, Virginia Tech, Penn State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Michigan and Michigan State," he said.

Boston College is a school that has remained on Young's mind throughout the recruiting process and even over the past couple of months.

"I love the coaches at BC, especially coach (Ryan) Day. I'm starting to get a relationship with the head coach. They came to the school last week around Thursday and I really feel comfortable around them.

"I've just been talking to them a little bit and they've let me know how everything goes for the guys at BC. I'm definitely going to stay in contact with them. I don't think they can call me but I can get up with them."

Over the course of his junior season Young recorded 34 tackles and five interceptions while breaking up 13 passes from his spot in the secondary. He also registered two sacks and five tackles for loss, demonstrating his ability to play near the line and get into the backfield. Offensively he had 18 receptions for 400 yards and four touchdowns.

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