Catching up with QB Ricardo Young

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Ricardo Young ‘s recruiting card

A typical day for H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) senior quarterback Ricardo Young includes school until noon, doing homework and studying in the early afternoon, and then practice followed by several hours of film watching. The 6-1, 170-pound Virginia Tech commitment is an avid film watcher, which he credits as a factor to his success.

“Watching film helps me make sure we get the tweaks out,” Young said. “I check out the other team and figure out audibles and check-offs. I can see what kinds of fronts our opponent shows and what they like to do. I look for tendencies.”

Woodson started the season with two losses but has since rebounded with two wins. Young is pleased with the progress his team has made.

“We played two ranked teams in the first two games. We learned we had mental mistakes, penalties and mental errors that were hurting us,” Young said. “We’re in a good mode right now. We won our last two games, which were two big games for us. They were games we were predicted to lose.”

A student of the game, Young discussed his leadership role at Woodson.

“I’m more about making sure the other players get what’s going on, but I’m still trying to keep confidence up,” Young said.

Through four games, Young has thrown for about 1,115 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is a dual-threat from the quarterback spot and has rushed for 438 yards and six touchdowns. Young’s goals are team oriented, but, as a high-major recruit, he has some extra incentive on an individual level this season.

“I just wanted to show people I am one of the elite quarterbacks in the country,” said Young, who entered the 2009 season rated a 3-star prospect by and “I can do the same things a 6-5, 230-pound quarterback can do. I can make plays with the football. I really didn’t have anything to prove, but I wanted to show I’m a playmaker on the ground and in the air. And I want to lead our team to a championship.”

Young received overtures from several postseason all-star games, but he had to decline because he still plans on enrolling at Virginia Tech in January.

“I know I’m leaving early for sure,” Young said. “I