River Ridge (La.) John Curtis linebacker Kenny Young has shown himself to be one of the top linebackers in the 2014 recruiting class.
The 6-2, 214-pound standout tallied 81 tackles in his junior campaign and was named to the Rivals250 to Watch list for his efforts. As such, college coaches have taken notice of the linebacker's abilities, and the recruiting process has already kicked into high gear.
"Things are going very well," Young said. "I'm picking up more offers. The recruiting process is starting to pick up. A lot of great things are going on and I'm just paying attention closely to the whole process."
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The last week was a very exciting week for Young, who welcomed several new offers to his growing list.
"It's great. Yesterday I picked up three - Tennessee, Florida, and Oklahoma State - and before that Baylor had offered," Young said. "So four offers in two days, I'm pretty excited about that."
To cap off the week, he will head out to California to check out UCLA who has also made him a priority prospect.
"They had a very successful past year. They have very good coaching staff," Young said of the Bruins. "Coach Jeff Ulbrich he knows what it takes to get to the next level and he wants to teach me and thinks I have the potential to not just be an NFL prospect but a really good player in the NFL. That's one of the great things I heard from him and one of the things that caught my eye. They have pretty good facilities and I'll also get a really good education there. I like their defensive scheme, so I figured I would go up there and get a chance to meet the coaches."
The trip is not the first for Young. He was able to visit Ole Miss, who was the first to extend an offer, during the season.
"I talked to the coaches and everything and they liked me on film," Young said. "I'm one of their top linebackers on their charts for 2014. I went up there on a visit when they played Mississippi State and I met the coaches. It was a great time. I visited their school and they have a real nice campus."
Young also attended LSU's Boys from the Boot event in January.
"It was very good. I met up with my teammate Malichi there," Young said. "I like their coaches. I visited with their coaches and visited the facilities and the academic center and met coach Miles and coach Chavis and coach Wilson. We all talked and we talked about everything. Like how my future would be if I chose LSU as my future school and it was just a great experience. I went to a basketball game and right after they called me to coach Les Miles office. We talked for a good little bit and he told me they were offering me. That was a great experience."
The meeting with coach Les Miles was one thing that stood out in his mind about the visit to Baton Rouge.
"First he brought me to his office and he had his rings out. He showed me the rings and stuff. It was just awesome," Young said. "I got to know him better as a person outside of football and he got to know me. It was pretty good."
As for upcoming visits, Young knows he has some opportunities coming up and is looking to make a few plans.
"Texas Tech invited me (to Junior Day), Alabama, Florida…. There were a lot of schools who invited. I just have to plan things out," Young said. "I'm going to try to get to the Alabama one on the 23rd I think. I'll see how that goes."
Other than that, Young is just taking in everything the recruiting process has to offer, and is not in a rush to make any decisions at this point.
"I always wanted to wait it out. I want to give everybody a chance," Young said. "I don't have any favorites. I haven't even decided about making a list of top schools."