Young’s Next Stop: Virginia Tech

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Ricardo Young ‘s recruiting card

Ricardo Young ‘s stellar high school football career ended on a good note last month, when the 6-0, 170-pound senior signal caller led H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) to its second consecutive DCIAA Turkey Bowl Championship. For the season, Young, who will head off to Virginia Tech in a month, passed for 2,459 yards and 24 touchdowns and added 650 yards rushing and eight scores.

“It’s a great feeling to go out on top,” said Young, who had a 98-yard touchdown run and three touchdown passes in the 30-26 championship victory over Ballou. “It’s great to know all the hard work you put in paid off. I’m ready to advance my game to the next level.”

A 3-year starter on the varsity level, Young has been pleased with his development and also with the success he has helped H.D. Woodson achieve.

“I think I developed a lot from my sophomore year to my senior year,” he said. “I had a chance to come into a program that was kind of mediocre and help change things around. I developed my skills as a passer and as a running threat as much as I could. Knowing I was kind of undersized as a passer, I tried to improve my speed. I tried to be prepared for everything that could happen, so spent as much time as I could in the film room to prepare myself.”

Young, who says he turned down all-star game opportunities to focus on preparing for Tech, doesn’t plan to stop working hard during his time in Blacksburg.

“Proving myself has never been a problem,” Young said. “If I go in and take advantage of all the opportunities as much as possible, talk to the coaches, talk to Tyrod, watch film, prepare myself in the film room as much as possible, I don’t think I can go wrong. Hard work never hurts.”

The recently named 2009 Washington D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year has high expectations for his career at Virginia Tech.

“The coaches are looking for me to come in and compete with Ju-Ju and Mark Leal and whoever else they have at quarterback,” Young said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play Division 1 football. I’m looking forward to taking my game to the next level, help the players around me get better and win a national championship.