'20 TN ATH Elijah Young

Mar 1, 2012
The Knoxville area hasn’t always been known for producing SEC level football talent, but that’s started to change in recent years. One representative of that trend in the 2020 class is South Doyle athlete Elijah Young. Young (5-foot-9, 165 pounds) picked up a very early offer from Tennessee’s previous staff and quickly emerged as a target for Jeremy Pruitt and his regime after the coaching change in December.

The speedy Young has had a chance to make a couple of unofficial visits to campus since Pruitt took over, most recently for the Vols’ Orange & White Game that wrapped up spring practice. His first impression of Pruitt seems consistent with what other prospects have had to say about the Vols’ new head man. “Coach Pruitt is a straight shooter, that’s my biggest impression of him so far,” Young said when asked about the Vols’ new head coach. “He’s just going to ‘keep it 100’ with you all the way. I like that a lot. “He and all the new coaches seem that way. They’re not going to sugarcoat anything with you. I really like what I know about them so far.”

A two-way standout in high school Young could project as a receiver or a defensive back at the next level and the jury definitely seems to still be out among recruiters as to which side of the ball fits him better. At last week’s NIKE The Opening event in Nashville Young worked on offense, but he’s open to playing anywhere in college.

“Tennessee is just recruiting me as an athlete right now,” Young said of the message he’s gotten from the Vols. “They want to see me play some more and that’s pretty much what other schools have said as well. “It doesn’t really matter to me, I like offense and defense.”

Young recently clocked a 10.74 in the 100-meter dash, stamping himself as a contender for a state title in the event. That kind of speed has caught the attention of more programs than just Tennessee of late. He’s picked up offers from South Carolina and Louisville recently and has started receiving heavy interest from Notre Dame as well.

“I’m just listening to what all the coaches have to say right now and trying to learn more about the different schools,” Young said of his recruitment. “I’ve taken a few visits, and I want to try to get up to Notre Dame this summer. “I don’t really have any leaders this early, I’m still just trying to gather information about the different schools.”

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