For Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic safety Ladarion Young, this past Friday marked the end of a tough stretch in his football career. The 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back returned to action in a triple overtime thriller against Gulf Breeze (Fla.) after spending the past several months rehabbing from shoulder surgery.
"It felt great to be back out there," Young said. "It was a great game going to three overtimes. We came out on top. It felt real good and I was able to play and didn't have any issues with my shoulder or anything."
In the victory, Young estimated he had around three tackles, two pass break-ups, and a forced fumble. He is hoping highlights like those will lead to some eventual offers.
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"The schools I have talked to the most are South Florida and Central Florida," Young said. "Those schools are supposed to come down and watch me. They are keeping up with me. They have just told me they are going to be watching me and seeing what I do. They just want to see how my shoulder is and what I do on the field. They like me though, they like my size and my length. They just want to know if I am going to be tentative or aggressive."
In early August, Young visited Central Florida and South Florida.
This coming weekend, Young expects to have an assistant coach from one of those two schools on the sideline when he and Catholic square off against cross-town rivals.
"South Florida is supposed to be there this week when we play Pensacola," Young said. "I just want to show them what I can do. I want to earn that offer."
Down the road, the three-star defensive back is hoping to hit the road and make his way back down to Central Florida and South Florida, as well as other possible destinations.
"I haven't really put any thought into visits or anything," Young said. "I've just been focused on getting back on the field, helping my team, and showing what I can do. I think doing that will provide me with some other opportunities and open some doors for me."