North Carolina State’s early inroads with one of Florida’s top prospects have resulted in the Wolfpack drawing his first scheduled official visit.
“I’ve got about seven or eight schools on my list right now, but I know one official visit will be to N.C. State. I'll be going there in January,” said four-star Palm Beach Gardens defensive end Willie Young. “That was the first school to offer me, way back in my junior year after the second or third game.
"Doc Holliday was the first coach to really show a lot of interest in me. He said he saw something in me then that he hadn’t seen in other players, so that made me feel kind of special. He’s a really nice guy. I like their whole coaching staff. I also got to see them beat Florida State last year, so that really got my attention.“
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Young (6-5, 210, 4.63) is rated the No. 14 weakside defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com. Through nine games this season, he’s helped lead Palm Beach Gardens to an undefeated record and the No. 2 ranking in Class 6A. Despite constant double-teams and offensive schemes designed to run away from him, he’s recorded 35 tackles, 15 quarterback hurries, 11 tackles for loss and nine sacks.
Dozens of major programs have now followed N.C. State’s lead and extended scholarship offers, which Young is in the process of narrowing down for his four remaining visits.
“It’s up for grabs right now,” he said. “After N.C. State, I’m looking at Oklahoma, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio State, Miami and Virginia Tech. But I’m pretty open at this point.”
He grew up in Georgia and was a Bulldog fan as a youngster. After moving to the Sunshine State, he adopted Miami as his favorite school.
“It’s always been those two as far as who I root for,” Young said. “But when I have to make my college decision, it’ll come down to more than just who I’m a fan of. I’m looking at depth charts and early playing time. That will play a major role. I don’t want to be redshirted. I want to go play.”
Anyone have a favorable situation for early PT?
“N.C. State does,” he said. “That’s another thing I like about them.”
Tennessee was the latest school to extend an offer. Young will get a close look at the Vols when they travel to Miami for this weekend’s big non-conference showdown.
“They came down and saw me at one of my games and offered me a scholarship a couple of weeks ago,” Young said. “I don’t know a whole lot about them, but I’m going to be watching them this Saturday when I go to see them play Miami. I want to see what Tennessee looks like, and I want to see how Miami bounces back from that Virginia Tech game.”
It will mark Young’s first unofficial visit of the season.
Academically, he maintains a 2.6 GPA and will take his SAT the first week of December. He projects as a full-qualifier