One of the nation’s elite rush ends took his first official visit this past weekend.
“I just took one to N.C. State,” said Palm Beach (Fla.) Gardens star Willie Young. “It went pretty good. I enjoyed myself a lot.”
“Really, everything,” he said. “The players and coaches were really nice and easy to get along with. That was the main thing. They had great facilities. I was surprised by how good those were, even better than they had told me.
“And we got to put on a jersey with our name and number on it and walk out on the field with it. That was really cool. It was freezing cold, but I was so excited by that that I couldn’t feel a thing.”
Young (6-5, 210, 4.63) added that if he were signing this week, it would be hard to turn down the Wolfpack.
“They’re really high on my list right now,” he said. “If I had to pick two teams today, they’d be No. 1, and I’m not really sure who would be second.”
He plans to visit Ohio State on Jan. 9. Georgia and Florida are also on the slate for the new year, but he’s unsure about which weekend corresponds with which school.
“My fifth one it up in the air right now,” he said. “Auburn came to visit me tonight, so they could be getting in there. I liked our conversation we had, mainly the way they use their defensive ends and really give them a chance to stand out.”
Young has also had in-home visits from Ohio State, Georgia, Florida and USF this month.
As a senior, he capped his career with 65 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.
Rated the No. 14 weakside defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com, he had a whopping 40 tackles for loss and 21 sacks his final two years at Palm Beach Gardens.