February 19, 2009
Record Setting QB Headed to Waco
Just take a look at the numbers for Denton (Tx) Ryan quarterback Scotty Young and it's easy to see why the 6-3, 190lb signal caller is being recruited by schools across the country. With nearly 4,500 yards, 65 touchdowns, and only eleven interceptions as a junior last season, Young re-wrote the Texas high school record books. His 65 touchdowns last season is second all time for a single season behind only former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell.
Since the season ended, Young has picked up offers from Texas Tech, SMU, and Arizona, while Nebraska, Kansas, Notre Dame, UCLA, and Baylor have also shown interest in the record setting quarterback.
"It's been really surprising," said Young. "Coming into this year I hadn't really talked to any colleges, so this year it's pretty shocking to see the amount of schools that are showing interest in me."
Young attended games at Texas Tech and Oklahoma during the fall, but his trip to Baylor this weekend will be the first time he's had a chance to visit a school this spring.
"I'm going to the junior day at Baylor this weekend, but I don't know that much about the program," said Young. "I'm just going to the junior day to lean more about them and find out if that's a place where I'd like to go."
"I'm not really looking for that much in a school. I just want to know that it's a system that fits my style of play, and that I have a lot of years to play."
Young's style of play is very different than current Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin. Griffin, Baylor's second leading rusher last year with over 800 yards, is know for his athleticism and ability to make big plays both running and throwing the ball. Young is a traditional drop back passer, but scrambling and running with the football is something that he's working hard on this offseason.
"This season I was pretty much just a drop back passer, but at the end of the season my coach wanted me to make some goals," said Young. "The first one I could think of was to get better footwork, and to run the ball more when things aren't open instead of just throwing it away. That's something I'm really going to work hard on for next season."
The Ryan quarterback will be joined on the trip by his teammate, offensive linemen Garrett Gramling. Gramling already has an offer from Baylor, and the two players have talked in the past about the possibility of playing together at the next level.
"We kind of joke about it, but some times we can both tell that we're kind of serious," said Young. "It would be really cool, because it would be easier to transition when there's someone there that I'm already comfortable around."
With new letters coming in every day, along with his busy baseball schedule, Young knows that he doesn't want to rush his college decision.
"I'm probably going to wait until my senior season, because I'm playing baseball now and I want to see how that works out," said Young. "It's a hard decision and I'm hoping to make it either before or a little bit into my senior season."
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