Ricardo Young ‘s recruiting card
H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) senior quarterback Ricardo Young figures to be learning from Tyrod Taylor this time next season, but he was able to spend some time with the Hokies standout signal caller while making an official visit to Tech last weekend.
“We talked a lot about future stuff,” Young said. “I talk to him on a regular basis, so it wasn’t like I was just meeting him for the first time. The biggest thing he stressed is don’t take days off. Other guys are coming in wanting to compete. He said everything you do has to be a little faster than it was in high school. He also said defenses disguise their coverage better. Other than that, everything is kind of the same. I just need to be ready to compete.”
A student of the game, Young, a 6-1, 170-pound signal caller, paid close attention to Taylor and the offense during Tech’s win over Boston College. How does he feel his game suits Tech’s offense?
“From my perspective, I’d say everything,” he replied. “Virginia Tech kind of runs the same system my high school runs now. They do a lot of pro-set, drop back passing, progression reads, reading the safeties and things like that. I think I’ll fit right in.”
Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring and quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain met with Young over the weekend. The D.C. star looks forward to working with the Tech offensive staff.
“I have a pretty good relationship with Coach O’Cain and Coach Stinespring,” Young said. “They went over the reads and how they play against certain coverages and how they attack in certain ways. I have a good relationship with both of them. I feel like they are open to talking anytime.”
Head coach Frank Beamer looks forward to coaching Young.
“He said how happy he is that I’ll be up there in the next couple of months. He wants me to come in and compete,” Young said. “He also said they’ll take care of me there.”
Reflecting further on his official visit experience, Young said, “I was just looking to have a good time. I was already filled in on everything when I made the decision. That’s why I made the decision. I wanted to have fun, see the game and get acquainted with the players. I spent a lot of time with a lot of the guys. I spent time with Tyrod, Dyrell, Courtney Prince...
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