Young Energized for 2006 Season

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Star defensive lineman Justin Young certainly remembers Northwest’s (Germantown, MD) state championship run in 2004. After a disappointing 5-5 season in 2005, Young is looking to lead the Jaguars on another run to glory in what will be his senior season.

“I can’t wait for the season to start,” Young said. “I’m really excited about this season. It’s my last season at Northwest. We’ve got a good running back in Anthony King. We have some good linemen. The list goes on…we just have a good team this year.”

Young, who primarily plays defensive end in Northwest’s 3-4 defense (but has played defensive tackle in other formations), has added 15 pounds of good weight since the end of last season and now checks in at 6-4, 255 pounds. He’s improved in other areas as well.

“My feet are better. My technique is better. I’ve matured as a leader,” Young said. “I’m just ready to lead my team to another state championship.”

Young will be able to enjoy his senior season without the stress of the recruiting process. Last month, the talented prospect verbally committed to Virginia Tech over offers from Marshall, Pittsburgh Purdue, Syracuse and Virginia.

“I’m very happy with my decision,” Young said. “It was fun, but then it kind of got overwhelming with all the phone calls and the mail. I’m very excited about my decision and I’m glad it’s over so I can focus on my senior season.”

Young’s recruitment picked up in early June, which is when he says he received “about seven offers in about two weeks.” Virginia Tech was one of those offers.

“They came in when college coaches are allowed to come into the school, but they didn’t offer me until about June or late May,” Young said of the Hokies. “Coach [Kevin] Sherman said he liked me on tape and that they were looking for d-lineman. He said they were going to recruit me, but I didn’t know if they were going to offer.”

Accompanied by his father, Young traveled to Blacksburg on July 8th for Tech’s senior camp. It was his first ever experience at Tech and it was all he needed to verbally commit to the Hokies two weeks later.

“The camp was good because there was a lot of competition and everything,” Young said. “My Dad and I looked around the campus after the camp was over. The coaches really stood out to me. I liked their style. They told me the truth. They were always real to me and