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Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) offensive tackle Avery Young has been focused on preparing for his senior season. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle has added around 10 pounds since the end of his junior season and has been working hard in the weight room, running the beach, and doing other training to prepare for spring football. On Monday, he gets a chance to show the strides he has made.
"It is just about getting ready, there isn't too much to it, it is just about getting ready to play ball," Young said of his offseason preparations. "I feel I have grown a lot since last season ended. I am a lot stronger, a lot smarter in the game, and I have been able to grow enough to teach other players and help them out."
While his main focus was being ready to showcase his skills on the field, Young was able to fit one visit into his recent schedule. He was able to visit the University of Florida for the Orange and Blue Debut, their annual spring game.
"It was a real good time," Young said. "They treated me real good, like I was one of them already. Everything went real nice up there. The team looked real nice. They are looking really good. It was real fun. It was a really good experience."
During his visit, he had an opportunity to speak with head coach Will Muschamp and offensive line coach Frank Verducci.
"They said that they could use some offensive tackles," Young said. "They said that if I came in and competed really hard like I am capable of doing, that I would likely be able to start as a true freshman. That is really true if I go anywhere though."
In addition to speaking with the coaches, Young also became fast friends with current Gator commitment, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood running back Matt Jones.
"That was our first time meeting and stuff," Young said. "We didn't even really talk about colleges that much. We were talking about our high school teams and how things were going. He also told me that he really likes Florida and that he thinks it is a good school to commit to. That was about it, there wasn't too many words exchanged because we were on a tight schedule."
Young, who says his offer list exceeds 30 at this point and contains a majority of the perennial Top 25 teams, hasn't scheduled any upcoming visits at this point.
"I know I want to take all five of my official visits," Young said. "I plan to start narrowing things down to my top five during my season. But I am not looking to visit any schools or see anybody until after my season. I do plan to take all of my official visits."
At this point in his recruitment, Young claims no leaders or favorites but said that Florida is likely to be one of his five official visits when he sits down to decide on where he will travel.
"I don't have a number one school or anything like that right now," Young said. "I am just going to take visits. Once I visit, I want to see if I can spend four years there. It is all going to come down to the visits and how I feel about it. I just want to go, see everything and meet everybody, and if everything is there, that is what it is going to come down to."
With regards to a decision date, Young has set no timetable at this point other than he intends to take all five official visits.
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