Dedrick Young has a plan. It'd a slow-developing one, but a plan nevertheless. A standout running back at Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial high school, Young holds 12 scholarship offers. It's a list he plans to narrow to five in the future.
Just when that cut will take place, however, is still being hashed out. Young isn't one to rush into decisions.
"I think I'm going to narrow it down in August and then take my officials and choose," he said. "Probably August. Maybe earlier."
Young's most recent campus tour took place at UCLA, which he visited last weekend. The unofficial visit was particularly long or in-depth, as much of the Bruins' coaching staff was not present. The highlights were addressed, though.
"It was nice," Young said. "I just toured the campus, and they showed me the faculties and all that. It was just a nice campus and all that. I guess that's what stood out."
Recent visits to USC and Washington are also in the books for Young, who is yet to earn an offer from the Trojans and says that his conversation with the coaching Huskies' coaching staff highlighted his trip to Washington.
As of now, Young says he isn't comfortable discussing which schools will ultimately make his final five. The lynchpin to the situation seems to be in Westwood, though. It seems an impending return trip to UCLA may determine a lot.
"I have to go back to UCLA because there were only two coaches there when I went," Young said. "The rest were on vacation or whatever. After that, I'll know a few schools that will make the cut."
Young's checklist is more certain than his timetable or the future of his recruitment. Many of the usual recruiting clichés are present, sure. But the three-star prospect seems sure of what he's looking for in a college program.
I have to like the atmosphere," he said. "Do I like the coaches? Do I fit in? It's those three questions basically."