Three-star John Young, the talented 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola, might not have as many offers as other tight ends in the country, but it has not stopped him from getting steady interest and possible other offers from other Pac 10 schools.
Just a sampling of schools on the cusp of offering Young are Cal, Stanford, Oregon and Oregon State. He does have three firm offers from schools that have recognized his talent.
On the recruiting trail, Young received his third offer in June and it was a pretty big offer.
"I have three offers right now," said Young, who runs a 4.7-second 40-yard dash. "I have UCLA, UNLV and Florida State."
Regarding his three offers, Young has had most of his contact with UCLA.
"I have called them twice before, but that is about it though," Young said. "I send emails and stuff like that."
Young has not talked to UNLV much at all. He picked up his Florida State last month.
"I had talked to the coaches once before to go over the recruiting process," Young said about Florida State's offer. "I knew it (offer) was coming sooner or later."
How much will Young's parents be a part of his decision?
"Well, my mom went to UCLA. She loves it up there," Young said. "You know, they are going to pretty much let me make the decision. Of course, they have their input and everything too."
Stanford is a school that definitely will be a major player for Young if they offer. He actually went to Palo Alto in May and participated in the NIKE camp there.
Is early playing time going to be a factor for Young?
"Oh yeah, definitely," Young said. "I haven't communicated with colleges on that, but supposedly I would play or could play as a true freshman. I'm not sure exactly."
Young always puts his team first. He's not one of those players who is checking the box score checking up on his stats.
"I don't know my stats," Young said humbly. "I only had two touchdowns. I was more of a guy converting on first downs. I was not a big-time scorer on our team. People say Loyola is a running team, but they are surprised on how many times I converted on first downs."
Where Young ends up on the next level is still very up for speculation, but he would like to make up his decision before his senior season starts. The only question will be who
Will it be UCLA, UNLV, Florida State, Stanford or another school? Only time will tell.