After accepting the Big-Time Football Showcase quarterback MVP award last Thursday night, H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) rising senior quarterback Ricardo Young announced publicly that he had committed to Virginia Tech. Young, a 6-1, 170-pound prospect, chose Tech over numerous offers including Connecticut, Maryland, South Florida, Syracuse and West Virginia. He spoke at length with TechSideline.com, discussing his decision, his performance at the Elite Combine, the commitment of Mark Leal and more.
A top quarterback target of Tech’s, Young, a dual-threat signal caller, passed for 3,089 yards and rushed for 780 more last season as a junior. He totaled 42 touchdowns including 31 passing and 11 rushing. Efficient, he threw only five interceptions on the season.
Young and Atlantic Community (Delray Beach, FL) quarterback Mark Leal (pronounced Lee-Al) are two of Virginia Tech’s seven commitments in the 2010 recruiting class.
Q&A with Ricardo Young …
TSL: Congratulations on earning MVP honors at the Big-Time Showcase. In what areas did you feel you really excelled on the day?
Ricardo Young : “I displayed good footwork and pocket presence. We ran 7-on-7 and 11-on-11. I had good footwork and showed the ability to throw the ball on the run. I put the ball in the hands of the playmakers.”
TSL: Were there a lot of playmakers there? Any receivers you hope to get to join you at Virginia Tech?
Ricardo Young : “[Washington, D.C. standout] Josh Ford was one of them. He was phenomenal at the camp. There were a lot of good receivers there.”
TSL: Does your commitment mean that you have closed off being recruited by other schools?
Ricardo Young : “I’m closing it off. Of course, I still be making sure it is the right school, but I feel as though it is.”
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