Albert Young of Moorestown High School is one of the best running back prospects in the state of New Jersey. At 5-10, 205 pounds, he has rushed for over 1,900 yards and 30 touchdowns this season with one regular season game remaining.
Young is being heavily recruited by many schools, although most of the schools in the hunt are holding off on officially offering him a scholarship until he qualifies for freshmen eligibility. One school, however, has offered early and thus has become his leader.
“Wisconsin is my leader, and the other schools will have to beat them out,” said Young, who, after an outstanding first quarter, is on track to fully qualify. “They offered me early. They had confidence in my grades. My first quarter [performance] proves them right. I also like Boston College, Iowa, Virginia, Penn State, Miami, Syracuse, and Rutgers.”
Most of these schools (including Virginia) are “waiting to see my grades, which is why Wisconsin leads.”
Young set up a few official visits early this fall, including trips to Wisconsin (12/13) and Virginia (01/17). These dates will most likely change depending upon Moorestown’s success in the South Jersey, Group 3 playoffs. Currently, he knows of two more schools he will most likely visit.
“I would rather not say the dates now, because they might change because of the playoffs,” said Young. “Right now, I am scheduled to visit Wisconsin on December 13, Virginia on January 17, and I will probably visit Boston College in December. I am scheduled to visit Iowa sometime in January, although that could change to December. I might take back some of these visits – things could change.”
A versatile back, Young compares his game to current Virginia freshman tailback Wali Lundy. He is a fast runner who likes to run through tacklers as well, and he is a good receiver. On the collegiate level, he knows he can be a 25-30 carry per game type of player.
“Definitely, I’m durable,” said Young. “I put a lot of time in the weight room to be durable. I can also catch a lot of balls. You all know of Wali [Lundy]. Well, my game is a lot like his. We can both catch and run. We were compared a lot in high school because of our similar styles, and we played each other.”
Young is looking for many things in the school he chooses, including early playing time. While he would like to be the primary ball carrier, he also doesn’t mind running in a rotating system.
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