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Monday, February 4, 2013
Rising ILB talks Baylor commitment

By Damon Sayles

Inside linebacker Taylor Young (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) had been a force all season, but it was the Texas Class 5A Division I state-quarterfinal game against Southlake (Texas) Carroll where people who didn’t already know him begin to ask questions.

The slightly undersized middle linebacker delivered not one but two big shots on Carroll quarterback and Texas A&M commit Kenny Hill -- shots that knocked Hill off his feet in a 1-on-1 situation. With Hill’s size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) and strength, that hasn't been an easy task for most defenders, but the 5-10, 225-pound Young made it look routine.

The postseason was Young’s chance to shine, and he did so. He caught the attention of several schools, but on Wednesday, the linebacker said he will sign with Baylor. Young picked up the offer and verbally committed to the Bears on Monday.

“It feels good. I’m humbled it,” Young said. “Some people don’t get this opportunity to play ball, but God gave me a chance.”

Louisiana-Monroe, Colorado State and Rice all offered, but Young had been in contact with Baylor for a few weeks. While an offered wasn’t extended then, he knew in his heart it was just a matter of waiting before the Big 12 offer came.

Young visited the Baylor campus the weekend of Jan. 25. Freshman Patrick Levels, who is from Dallas, was Young’s player host, and defensive coordinator Phil Bennett was Young’s primary recruiting contact.

“I’ve been talking to them on and off throughout the season, and basically, it was all about numbers,” Young said. “When it all came down, it just fit me really nicely. I’m going in expecting to be a contributor to the team early.”