One of the bigger sleepers for the class of 2016 in Georgia is strong-side defensive end Loren Young. A new transfer to Carver (Atlanta) High School, Young had a very successful year last fall playing defensive tackle for Chamblee.
Young, now playing the more fitting SDE position, has good size (6’2″, 255 lbs) and is a strong run-stopper. He does a great job jumping the snap count and disrupting plays in the backfield.
Another skill that leaps out is his ability to deliver punishing blows to the ball-carrier. Contact is obviously a part of the game that the upperclassman relishes.
His skill set has caught the eye of a few programs, including Savannah State, Alabama A&M and Hampton—all of which offered scholarships. He also mentioned that “Tennessee-Chattanooga, Cincinnati and Kansas State have shown interest.”
His goal this season is to have “20 (tackles for loss) and 10 sacks.”
On film, Young shows incredible hustle. He never stops his pursuit of the ball-carrier and plays the game from sideline to sideline.
His strong work ethic on the field paid dividends this offseason, when Young worked long hours to reach his goals. “I’m working on my pass-rushing skills to become a better edge rusher,” he said.
Young has no college visits planned for this fall. He told us, “No colleges stand out (and) I’m open to all options.”
Open-mindedness is a good quality for any prospect—especially for Young, who is being overlooked by numerous college programs.