The Knoxville area hasnt always been known for producing SEC level football talent, but thats 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 Tennessees 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, thats my biggest impression of him so far, Young said when asked about the Vols new head coach. Hes 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. Theyre 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 weeks NIKE The Opening event in Nashville Young worked on offense, but hes open to playing anywhere in college.
Tennessee is just recruiting me as an athlete right now, Young said of the message hes gotten from the Vols. They want to see me play some more and thats pretty much what other schools have said as well. It doesnt 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. Hes picked up offers from South Carolina and Louisville recently and has started receiving heavy interest from Notre Dame as well.
Im 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. Ive taken a few visits, and I want to try to get up to Notre Dame this summer. I dont really have any leaders this early, Im still just trying to gather information about the different schools.
Imo he is down the line. I don’t believe he was pressed to commit. As someone stated on here, he hasn’t been consistent enough to dominate Gibbs and Halls. He can flat run but consistency is a question mark surrounding his game for some.