Pensacaola (Fla.) Catholic athlete Ladarion Young made his way to Tuscaloosa, Alabama this past weekend to check out Nick Saban's Crimson Tide. He came away impressed with everything he saw at the University of Alabama.
"It was my first college trip and it was above what I expected," Young said. "It was a great city. The coaches were really nice. All of the facilities were amazing, the weight room is the biggest I have ever seen and I heard it was the biggest in the country. They like to work hard there. It was an overall good trip."
The 6-foot, 171-pound athlete spoke at length with one of the Tide assistants.
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"I talked with Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt the most," Young said. "He said that I have the size they are looking for. He said I have good speed. He looked at my numbers from the Under Armour Combine results in Orlando. He said that they will be down here to see me in the spring."
"They said they like my size and that they would be down here during the spring to see me," Young added. "They like me at defensive back, safety or corner."
At this point, Alabama is the only school that Young has really had any correspondence with.
"I really haven't spoken to anybody else yet," Young said. "I would like to hear from Florida and South Florida, besides Alabama those are two colleges I would like to go to."
The University of Florida has reached out to Young and invited him for a Junior Day visit in March.
As a junior, Young played at Contonment (Fla.) Tate and contributed on both sides of the ball. He was used as a running back, wide receiver, and a defensive back in the 'Bandit' position.