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B/R Exclusive: California 4-Star LB Bryce Youngquist Announces Current Top 10

Damon Sayles@@DamonSaylesNational Recruiting AnalystApril 10, 2015

California 4-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist has a current top 10.
California 4-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist has a current top 10.Credit: 247Sports

California 4-star outside linebacker Bryce Youngquist has a current top 10, and if there's one thing that can be said, it's that he isn't afraid to play college football far away from home.

The Rancho Cucamonga, California, linebacker announced to Bleacher Report a top 10 consisting of Tennessee, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Utah, Washington State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Illinois and Oregon State.

Of the 10, none are in-state schools. At least, not for now.

"These [10] schools have been showing a lot of interest, and I found that I have a lot of interest in those schools, too," Youngquist said. "My thing is, whatever college is the best fit for me, that's where I'm going to go.

"I'm willing to play in California, Florida, Maine...it doesn't matter. I don't care if I play in the snow. I just want to find the best fit for me."

Now standing 6'1" and weighing 215 pounds, Youngquist has 15 offers. Of the 15, San Diego State and Fresno State are the only California schools to offer. Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico are the three other schools to extend an offer. USC and UCLA are two schools that are showing interest, as well.

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Ranked the nation's No. 12 outside linebacker, Youngquist is an athlete with high 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash and a high motor on the field. Per Rivals.com, he had 43 tackles and two sacks as a junior.

Youngquist said having a top 10 is the first step in keeping his recruiting process as simple as possible. He began trimming his list after receiving his latest offer from Tennessee last week.

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"To be honest, it's now time to get serious," Youngquist said. "I know the recruiting process is supposed to be fun, but at the same time, it can be stressful. I just want to make it easier on myself."

Youngquist said of the schools that made the cut, Arizona State is the only one he visited. He was in Tempe in November when the Sun Devils beat Notre Dame, 55-31. He called the environment "unbelievable."

"It was a great unofficial [visit], almost as good as an official," he said. "The atmosphere was great; I hadn't been in an atmosphere like that. There were so many people, and it was so loud. You could really feel it."

Youngquist said he is planning on taking several visits to the schools on his list between now and the end of the summer. A commitment, he said, most likely will come at the end of his senior season, as he wants to take all five official visits before making a decision.

The winning school, he said, will have a good balance of athletic and academic advantages. He is looking to play in a great football atmosphere and be on a campus that will provide a quality education.

"After my [official] visits, I'll basically decide what's best for me," Youngquist said. "I want to visit all the schools, no doubt about it. They've all shown so much interest, and I feel those are the best schools with the best interest."

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst with Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles

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