Saturday, 4-star LB prospect Juwon Young from Albany, Georgia made the trip to Coral Gables, Florida to participate in Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden‘s Football Camp. Following a hard day of work on the field, Young left–but not before giving his commitment to Golden that he would indeed be a member of the football program in 2014.
Citing factors such as falling in love with the atmosphere, as well as a developing relationship with LB coach–and former Hurricanes star–Michael Barrow, Young said that he felt Saturday following the day’s activities was the right time to commit. Young is currently the 10th commitment credited to the Miami 2014 recruiting class.
At 6-4 and 228-pounds, Young can be a wild card option for the ‘Canes by the time he hits the campus next fall. While primarily playing on the outside, Young’s growing frame may warrant a transition to the inside slot by 2014, to which the Georgia native cited that he would be more than open to.
Commits like Young at the linebacker slot are exactly what this program needs. Generally, recruiting offensive talent shouldn’t be that much of an issue for Golden, and so far it hasn’t been. The defensive side of the ball is what needs to improve to send this program in the right direction, especially improving agasint the run.
Last season, Miami gave up an astonishing 217 yards per game against the rush. A lot of that was due to LBs not being able to fill the gaps and stuff the ball-carriers. With a 40-yard dash timed in the 4.6 range–and improving–Young is exactly the type of fast, physical backer that can help address this issue.