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Miami Hurricanes 2016 Freshman Profile: Malek Young

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In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Freshman Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile UM's newcomers for 2016. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

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Malek Young

CB - 5'9 182 Freshman - Pompano Beach, Fl

Comes to UM with a chance to play right away at a position of need.

Obviously thinks highly (and thought of highly) by  Mark Richt and staff:

Rated 3 star prospect by most recruiting services, and was a US Army All-American in H.S.

Young possesses excellent lateral movement, a sturdy frame, balls skills, and plays with just enough of a mean streak to be a very good DB (this year or down the line);

Summary:  Corn Elder and Sheldrick Redwine are the givens at the CB position.  Beyond that it is anyone's guess who steps up behind them.  If Maurice Smith comes in from Alabama as a graduate transfer, well that changes everything. For now, Young has a shot to compete with the likes of Terrance Henley and Michael Jackson for reps. Ideally one or more of the sophomores (add Ryan Mayes to the mix) steps up and Young can use 2016 to RS and develop.  However, given the inexperience of the competition as well, I would not be shocked to see Young in the mix as a true freshman.  More than likely he will be limited or play garbage time (you have to rest the 1's at some point) and perhaps some special teams. However I like him to be a solid contributor and maybe a starter at some point in his career. This is a kid with the disposition you want in a football player for any position.  His confidence and aggression should especially pay dividends as a CB position though.  You may not hear that much from Young in 2016, but he's a player to watch down the line.