January 2, 2013

Young garnering big-time attention

ATLANTA-- Albany linebacker Juwon Young seems to always stand out.

Whether it is at a camp or at an event such as Rising Seniors, the junior standout heavy hitter does things that catch the attention of onlookers.

It may have something to do with the fact that he stands 6-foot-3, weighs 227 pounds, has a build that is nearly SEC ready, and is an explosive down-hill tackler and off the edge.

Rising Seniors week, however, was a chance for Young to grow more than just as a football player.

It was a chance for him to grow as a man.

"The experience was good. The practice was good. The game was good," said Young with a big smile. "I met a lot of people and made a lot of friends. I saw a lot of people, too. It's like a family out here. The week has been good and the practice with the new coaches. Learning new things all together, as a whole, is great. Both spiritually with God and as a player."

Young had such a strong week of practice that the word started to get out just a day into the Rising Seniors week, and college coaches started to reach out through social media.

"A lot of the schools have been blowing me up on Facebook," he said. "Coach Bryant Young and Coach Will Muschamp have been blowing up my Facebook a lot and Georgia Tech hit me up before the game and told me to keep doing good work."

With a couple of programs in the Southeast already showing major interest, Young received a visit from another of his home state schools before the dead period started in December.

"Georgia has dropped by on me and Chattanooga before the dead period," he said. "Georgia has been in contact with me a lot lately."

With no offers at this time, Young will be the first to admit that the recruiting process is just getting started for him, but he already knows what schools he is hoping for an offer from first.

"I would want them to be from the schools that have been giving me the most contact," said Young. "Georgia, Florida, Oregon, and Tennessee have been contacting me the most so I would want to hear from them."

When it comes to the schools that have had contact with Young, some have been in contact more than others and he has started to form an opinion of each of the major schools.

• Florida - "I like the coaches and their personality. I like how they stay in contact with me all on facebook and calling me to come down and just being around the school period."

• Georgia - "With Georgia, I really like their athletic program. I haven't talked to their coaches as much because they haven't been in contact with me as long as Florida has, but I like it up there. I like their program."

• Tennessee - "I really haven't gotten much into Tennessee because Coach (Tommy) Thigpen just got there from Auburn so I am just getting the recruiting process started with them."

• Oregon - "I don't know much about them. They contact me in and out and send me letters and stuff. They send me game updates and stuff."

As is the case with most juniors, Young expects to be a busy man after the first of the year with junior days and visits to campuses coming up.

As of now, he has a tentative plan on what schools he plans to visit when the time comes.

"First visit will be to Florida, I know," he said. "The second will be to Georgia. The third will probably be to Tennessee, and the fourth, I'm just not sure yet. Whatever comes after this I guess."

Young says that he is really looking to build a relationship with the coaches throughout the recruiting process, but as someone who plans to pursue a degree in Sports Medicine, academics will also play a large role.

"I'm looking at the coaches and getting to know them when I visit," said Young. "It would be nice to talk to some of the professors too to see what the academics are like there. That is big for me."

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