Kenny Young, a 4-star linebacker who hails from John Curtis Christian High School in New Orleans, has committed to play college football at UCLA.
ESPN reported the news on Wednesday:
A number of marquee programs were targeting the stellar prospect, so the Bruins have to feel fortunate to land Young's services.
Young is the No. 7 inside linebacker prospect in the class of 2014 and the 12th-best recruit overall from the state of Louisiana, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. The outlet also reports that Young tallied 122 tackles (14 for loss), four sacks and an interception in the 2013 season.
While Young is only 220 pounds, he is 6'2" and does have room to pack on some weight. Considering he already gives exceptional effort on a consistent basis, he can make up for his modest frame with his speed.
Getting from sideline to sideline is something Young is able to do effectively, and the way he can engage blockers sets him up to make tons of plays.
That has been evident in his statistics and in his performance in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he racked up six tackles and a sack against many of the top recruits in the nation. Young credited his practice intensity for the continually positive results he's seeing on game days, per The Times-Picayune's Andrew Lopez on Jan. 4:
I practice up-tempo. I practice the way I practice for a certain reason. My approach from practice just came over into the game. It's just an effort thing. That's just something that I was born with and God blessed me with talent also. That's what allowed me to make those plays.
Although there isn't anything Young does that is as eye-popping on tape as some of his 5-star peers, he has built a base of fundamentals and can make improvements in every area of his game to develop into a collegiate star.
Already an effective blitzer, Young has the athleticism but not necessarily the finesse to be a strong contributor in coverage. The important thing is, the potential is there and he seems to have the motor to handle it for later in his career. 247Sports also grades his instincts as one of his biggest strengths.
Lopez was impressed with what he saw from Young on kick coverage in the All-American Bowl, a role that would make the linebacker an immediate-impact player at the next level:
Look for Young to be a strong special teams contributor in his first year on the gridiron, with the possibility to start as a redshirt or true sophomore with a more developed body and skill set.