Friday, December 28, 2012
K.J. Young surprised by Sooners offer
By Bob Przybylo
For a while it has looked like Oklahoma has had its eyes set on one wide receiver to close out its 2013 class. The Sooners were aiming high with No. 1-ranked receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee).
Receiver K.J. Young also has offers from UTEP, UNLV and Colorado State.
OU hosted him two weeks ago, and it looked like the Sooners were in good position. They still could be, but OU is ready to move on if it has to at this point.
That became evident with a surprising offer to receiver K.J. Young (Perris, Calif./Citrus Hill) on Thursday afternoon. Even more surprising was Young said Thursday was his first interaction with the OU staff.
And he didn’t talk with OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. Instead Young spoke with linebackers coach Tim Kish and Young said it was head coach Bob Stoops who officially made the offer to him.
“It was amazing,” Young said. “OU never crossed my mind. I felt like I must have done something right to have Bob Stoops want to call me.”
Maybe it was his senior-year statistics. Young had 91 receptions for 1,593 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns this season. He stepped it up when it mattered most, catching 37 balls for 760 yards and 10 touchdowns in four playoff games.
Young said the OU coaches got in touch with his coach, Eric Zomalt, on Thursday. Young said he spoke to Stoops and Kish for 20 minutes.
“They were just introducing themselves and talking about when they wanted the official visit to be,” Young said. “We decided Jan. 11 would work best.
“I was thinking about committing on the spot. I mean, it’s OU. But I want to see what the campus is like. I have to be comfortable. The football program might be nice, but I have to feel at home.”
Young, who is 6-foot and 183 pounds, has offers from UNLV, UTEP and Colorado State and has made official visits to Boise State and UNLV.
He had some good offers, but he was convinced bigger programs were going to come his way once his film got out there.
“I was going to wait it out as long as I could,” Young said. “I just had a feeling something was going to happen in the next couple of months.”
All Young really knows about OU is what he has seen on TV. He said he has watched the Sooners on TV for a long time and has played with OU in video games and knows Adrian Peterson was a Sooner.
Now he’s ready to see what it’s like in person. Young wasn’t sure what was going to happen this season. He was moved to the slot position this season after playing out wide as a junior. Safe to say, he has adjusted just fine.
“They told me I was going to get more balls in the slot,” Young said. “At first, I wasn’t real comfortable. But I can definitely say it worked out.”
Young played a little bit of cornerback this season but said he is definitely being recruited as a receiver.
“Oh yeah, there is no way a program like OU would look at me for that,” Young said. “I’m a receiver. I have a great vertical leap. I have great hands. I cannot wait to see the campus.”