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First offer comes for DC quarterback

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Offer No. 1 has come in for a talented junior quarterback on the East Coast. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder pulled the scholarship from the Big East.
"I just got my first offer from West Virginia on Thursday," Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson quarterback Ricardo Young said. "Maryland, Virginia, Clemson, Cincinnati and Rutgers have been talking to my coach about offering now. A lot of schools have called since West Virginia has offered."
What does Young think about the Mountaineers offer?
"I love West Virginia," he stated. "I think it's a good school, it might be a good fit for me.
"They've had a couple dual-threat quarterbacks go through their program. Plus, Deon Long is going to be up there and I know a couple other people from this area including Tavon Austin. I think they have a good program and I have a good relationship with Coach Beatty."
While interest is rising in Young, he maintains there are no favorites.
"There aren't really any leaders," he said. "I grew up liking Miami, but I think I've grown out of that now. I'm just weighing my options."
Already the 2010 prospect has visited numerous schools including Maryland, Rutgers, Boston College, Temple, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Illinois.
"I liked Illinois campus, it was cool and they have a family environment. My cousin Tavon Wilson is there also," he said. "Maryland was cool as well. I like Coach Franklin.
Young plans to take more trips in the near future.
"I'm supposed to take an unofficial sometime soon to West Virginia. I'll probably go to Maryland, Rutgers, Cincinnati and a bunch of other East Coast schools as well coming up."
With interest from colleges all over, what does Young want in a school?
"I want a school that has really good academics," he said. "I'm real high on academics. I have a 4.0 GPA. I think I want to do computer engineering. I know it's a tough major, but it's something I want to pursue.
"I'll also look at the depth chart and how many they recruit in my class. The coaching staff will be important too. Location I'm not as worried about."
Young led H.D. Woodson to a 10-4 year and a championship as a junior.
"I threw for about 3,089-yards, 31 touchdowns and five interceptions. I had about 780-yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on the ground as well," he said. "I was trying to get to over 1,000 in both, I couldn't quite get there. I did miss three games. So I did that in 11 games.
"I think I really showed my vision this year and my dual-threat ability. I was even more accurate too. I still want to improve for next year. I want to work on all of my game, especially my speed though. I want to get down to a 4.5-second 40."
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