Boyle's Young will play linebacker for EKU

January 21, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Eastern Kentucky University has been interested in Ian Young longer than most programs, and that was enough to be the deciding factor for the Boyle County senior because he has verbally commited to play for the Colonels.

Boyle coach Chuck Smith said Eastern has been very persistent in its recruitment of Young. Eastern talked to Young after the Mid-State Football Coaches Association combine at Centre College last spring, and sent him a letter earlier last season offering a full athletic scholarship.

"They were interested in me from the start," Young said. "I kept them in the front of my head. Everyone else came along, but nobody really offered me anything. I decided I needed to go with them because that's where I'm going to have the best career."

Young said he was also considering Campbellsville, Georgetown, Louisville, Western Kentucky and Carson-Newman.

Young joined the Boyle defensive line last season after playing linebacker his previous two seasons on the team. He won state titles with Boyle as a freshman, junior and senior after sitting out his sophomore year.


The switch paid off, as Young was named The Advocate-Messenger's Lineman of the Year. He started on both sides of the ball as Boyle became the first team in state history to win five consecutive state titles.

But now, Young will be returning to linebacker for the Colonels.

"I like linebacker, and I'm glad that's where they want me to play," Young said. "It is more active, and it gives me a chance to make a whole lot more tackles."

Young finished with 101 tackles last year for Boyle, including 19 for loss. He had six sacks, three forced fumbles and three pass breakups.

Now he joins an Eastern defense that gave up 372 yards and 29.3 points a game.

"I know a bunch of guys that play defense down there, and they're real nice guys," Young said. "They know how to play and it'll be good to be part of that. I want to help turn it around and maybe just give up seven points a game, or none hopefully.

"The school has a whole lot more wins than losses. I want to help turn it around and have an undefeated season and win a conference championship or national title."

"I think this is a great opportunity for him," Smith said. "They play good football, and they have a winning tradition. I really like their coach. Coach Danny Hope is getting it started and he's going to do a great job. I'm pleased with his decision."

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