LB - 6'2 230 - Albany, GA
3 and 4 star recruit across the board, who chose Miami over most notably UNC & Ole Miss.
Has the size and mean streak to play inside, but looks pretty decent out in space as well. On film looks a little better than a 3 star ranking.
Is ahead of the game since he picked up experience during spring as an early enrollee. Good thing for UM after the dismissals of Alex Figueroa and Jawand Blue, he may be needed sooner then later.
Chances He Redshirts (1-10) - 1
As part of this series we will evaluate if the given newcomer stands a chance to sit out his first season to retain eligibility.
If you asked me this question 2 weeks ago I might have said 8 or 9. But with the horrifying crimes and subsequent dismissals of Blue and Figueroa, Young becomes all the more important. Blue was looking like the front runner to back up Denzel Perryman in the middle. DP of course, rarely comes off the field. But in mop up duty it would be wise to rest UM's best defensive player as much as possible. This means Young is almost guaranteed to see some action this season.
Summary: The Hurricanes defense is a complex one that often leads to missed assignments by younger players. If Young is forced to play any big snaps as a true freshman, it might not be pretty. Down the line however he may very well be an outstanding player. Let's hope he is given a chance to develop slowly and naturally. And in time he could match his big body and aggressive instincts, with Perryman-like smarts and game speed.
More on Young HERE
Stay tuned for more Freshman profiles as we count down to Louisville on Labor Day.