Last week, reports surfaced that Palm Beach Gardens (FL) offensive tackle Avery Young had narrowed his list to six. Gators head coach Chris Davis confirmed the reports, saying that the 6’6″, 270-pound senior is down to “Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Virginia Tech.”
What’s next for the standout senior?
“From here, he’ll be in the process of setting and making visits,” Davis said. “Hopefully he’ll have the chance to visit all of the places on his list. He has already taken an unofficial to Florida. He told me he’d like to visit all of the other schools.”
No visits have been scheduled as of yet, and it seems likely that most, if not all, of the trips will come post season.
“He might take one during our bye week (the weekend of October 8), but as of now that’s the only one set. That’s a tentative date, and he’s not certain which of the schools he would visit,” said Davis. Alabama (versus Vanderbilt) and Virginia Tech (versus Miami) are the only two finalists with home games that weekend.
A 4-year starter on the varsity level, Young has developed into one of the most coveted offensive tackle prospects in the 2012 class. Davis, who is in his third year as head coach at PBG, has seen the standout prospect’s development first hand.
“He has gotten better every year,” Davis said of Young, who is rated a 5-star prospect by Scout.com and a 4-star prospect by ESPN.com and Rivals.com. “He’s a guy you only have to tell him something one time, that’s it. He’s a coachable guy. He’s an elite player in the country. If there is a better left tackle out there, I can’t picture him being better than Avery. I’m thoroughly enjoying coaching him because I probably won’t get another one like him.”
Speaking further on Young’s physical abilities, Davis said, “He’s probably the most athletic big man I’ve ever been around. He has run a 4.97-second 40. He has an 84-inch reach. He can bench press over 300 pounds. He is explosive, has terrific bend…it has been pleasing to coach him.”
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