AUBURN, Ala. -- Most people didn’t know the name Juwon Young before the summer, but that’s starting to change as he continues to compete in various camps. On Saturday, the Albany, Ga., linebacker was in Auburn for the Tigers’ Mini-Camp II.
“I wasn’t really intending on coming, but the coaches called me. Coach Mike Pelton came down and wanted me to come up so they could see me perform, so I came up,” Young said.
“When I got here, I liked the campus. I like the school. I researched it awhile back on what kind of academics they had, so they had my major. When I came, I just performed on the field, performed in the drills, and they liked me. I’m going to keep going hard and see if they offer me.”
Although he didn’t earn an offer, Young was easily one of the most impressive players at the camp. He was in the top five among all linebacker in the 40-yard dash, the shuttle and the vertical jump.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker camped at Florida and Georgia earlier this summer. In addition to the three schools he’s visited, the 2014 prospect also likes Alabama, Oregon and Tennessee but is still waiting on his first offer.
As a sophomore at Albany High School, Young recorded 58 tackles and 10 sacks from the defensive end spot. This year, he’s making the move to linebacker.
“At defensive end, it was like an advantage over everybody because I was faster,” he said. “I could get around offensive tackles easily. So being a linebacker is kind of a challenge. It’s my first year playing, so I think I’ll be good.”
Young plans to attend Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp in two weeks.