It’s difficult to go toe-t0-toe with recruiting heavyweights in the SEC and come out the winner but the UCLA Bruins can claim a victory this National Signing Day. Four-star inside linebacker Kenny Young has signed on with the Bruins, adding his elite talents to a crop of young, talented linebackers at UCLA who might now be the best in the country. With Young in the fold, UCLA’s defense may take them to the top of the Pac-12 in 2014.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Young is a tackling machine from his inside linebacker position with the athletic ability to make plays sideline to sideline and already has the size to make an impact at the college level. He chose UCLA over the Texas A&M Aggies, who many figured to be the favorite for his services, and his home-town team of the LSU Tigers. The New Orleans native resisted the advances of the SEC and will take his talents west to add to a UCLA defense that is shaping up to be one of the best in the conference.
Young will have the opportunity for early playing time at UCLA as the Bruins look to replace the talents of Jordan Zumwalt and Anthony Barr at linebacker. The talented linebacker recruit appears poised to make an instant impact at the next level and could be the next UCLA freshman to break out on defense. Last season, it was Myles Jack who broke into the starting lineup as a linebacker before working his way into the offense as well as a running back.
As the Bruins attempt to finally break through and win the Pac-12 title in 2014, they will lean on the talent of elite recruits like Kenny Young to get them over the hump. Can Young take the Bruins to the next level in his freshman season?