Kenny Young has seen his recruitment explode in recent months. The 2014 linebacker from Louisiana entered January with just one offer, but four months later has more than 20.
“It’s been good,” said the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder from powerhouse John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, La.
Young, who missed his sophomore season with a leg injury, can now count Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee and UCLA among several others on his offer sheet.
“It’s just a blessing to get all of these offers,” he said. “Coming off an injury, I thought it would be hard for me, but I fought through it and God gave me what I wanted.
“I’m just enjoying the process right now because it’s really early. I have spring ball and the season ahead of me, so I’m just trying to stay focused, build relationships with the coaches and enjoy the whole process.”
Notre Dame hasn’t extended an offer yet, but the Irish’s interest dates back several months and assistants Kerry Cooks and Scott Booker were at John Curtis last week.
“They really couldn’t talk to me much,” Young said. “They were just in the coach’s office and Coach Cooks left me some information on their graduation rate and stuff like that.”
Young does have some interest in the Irish.
“I’m interested,” he said. “I’m just waiting for them to offer. I’d like to get an offer from them before taking a trip up there. That’s what I’m waiting on.”
He’d like to add Notre Dame to his offer list.
“Any offer is important,” he said. “Obviously they have a great education and they’ve had a lot of success in their past. They were runner-ups to Alabama in the national championship game, they produce a lot of high-caliber players and their academics are very high. That’s what I like about them.”
Young is teammates with another 2014 Irish target, wide receiver Malachi Dupre. Young, Dupre and another teammate recently visited UCLA for the Bruins’ spring game, but Young doesn’t have any other visits in mind at this point.
He’s not in a rush to make a decision, but does have an idea of the critical factors that will go into one.
“Education first of all,” he said. “Obviously an atmosphere where I’m comfortable with my teammates and coaches. I want to have a really close relationship with my position coach, somewhere I could play early, a winning program and somewhere I’m not just going to develop as a football player, but as an individual.”