Young gets NFL advice

Young gets NFL advice

Kenny Young is among the top defensive players in the class of 2014 and eh spent his Saturday in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's A-Day event. Find out what he came away impressed by inside.

Kenny Young and the Alabama Crimson Tide have some things in common. Each is confident about its gridiron reputation and each is coming off of a national championship.

Young stars in the middle of River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian's defense, one that helped the Patriots to an undefeated 2012 season and the FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com national title as the top high school team in the land.

The four-star linebacker visited Alabama for its spring game over the weekend to see what the Crimson Tide have to offer.

"It went good," he said. "I signed a few jerseys and poster autographs.

"I chopped it up with Coach [Nick] Saban, [Burton] Burns, [Kirby] Smart and [Scott] Cochran."

The coaches are very familiar with Young, one of the top defenders in the country and vice versa. But an Alabama representative less familiar stood out the most for the top junior.

"Dee Milliner was telling me how it was like to go to Bama," said Young. "He said 'they are going to take good care of you, your tutors are going to help you out a lot. It would be hard to fail there unless you made yourself fail.

"'The fans are going to love you and there's nothing really bad about going there.'"

Advice on a top school from a projected top-10 pick in the NFL Draft never hurts a school's chances of landing a player.

"It meant a lot because Alabama will be an option as to where I want to play ball at the next level," said Young, who is not talking favorites or leaders at this time.

Saban and company also found some time to check in with top-10 player in the state of Louisiana.

"They were glad to see me make it," he said of the response from the staff. "Coach Burns said he's coming down and that I look good. He'll come see me during spring ball."

The head coach was linking a current All-American to Young.

"Coach Saban said that I weighed more than [C.J.] Mosley when he was in high school," said the 2014 standout. "He asked about my weight, I measured in at 219 pounds at 6-1 and a half.

"He said I have room to grow to get even bigger for the middle."

Versatility is something Young prides himself on. FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com considers him a as the No. 8 middle linebacker prospect nationally, but some programs feel he can play throughout the second level of a defense.

"Bama said outside linebacker for me but for my size an frame, I could maybe play the middle, too," he said. "It depends. I could play any position though, middle, inside, outside.

"I'm going to ball wherever."

As one would imagine, he had his eyes on the linebacker position during the A-Day game as well.

"I was checking out their defensive scheme, and how the group ran it," he said.

Young has no current timetable for a decision.

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