SAN ANTONIO — Byron Young was supposed to take an official visit to LSU in the fall. But something came up.
“Since we made it to the state championship game, I wasn’t able to go to it,” the four-star defensive lineman out of Mississippi said Monday as he arrived in San Antonio for the 2019 All-American Bowl.
Not a bad reason to skip an official visit. But Young explained that missing that visit was part of the reason he opted not to send in his letter of intent to Alabama, the program he’d been committed to since July, during the early signing period.
“(I’m) just taking every official visit that I have, making sure that I’m making a 100 percent right decision for myself,” he said.
Young already has taken official visits to Alabama and Florida and said he plans to use his other three visits, although he doesn’t have any of them set up yet.
“I know probably for sure I’ll take one to LSU because I had one planned during the season,” he said.
Young said the Tigers have been his favorite school for as long as he could remember.
“I ended up committing to Alabama because I feel like that was the best decision for me,” he said. “But I think just that fact that that’s where I’ve always wanted to go, since I was little, keeps them(LSU) in it.”
Young said that LSU coach Ed Orgeron and his staff have been recruiting him heavily as well.
“(They’re) just telling me that they feel like I could come in and make a meaningful impact and eventually be a really big time player in that system,” he said.
Ole Miss, Mississippi State and “maybe” Oregon are in the running to land the others.
The in-state programs were two of the first to offer the West Jones product and he said he had a good relationship with them.
Oregon is in the mix as it’s a place he’s always wanted to go.
“It’s been a dream of mine to go somewhere like that,” Young said. “And they told me that if me and Kayvon (Thibodeaux)… if they get both of us we could do some damage up there.”
The Ducks inked the nation’s top overall defensive lineman in California’s Kayvon Thibodeaux during the early signing period.
All this talk of visits doesn’t mean that Young isn’t still planning to play at Alabama.
“I feel like I have a really good chance to go into Alabama, since they are losing so many defensive linemen, to play and win, at the same time, at the highest level,” he said.
Young still fondly recalls the feeling he prompted him to commit to the Crimson Tide in the first place.
“I actually committed on July 4 and I almost committed probably about two weeks before then,” he said. “Because that’s when I had that feeling that that’s where I wanted to be. That’s the coaches I wanted to play for four years and the school I wanted to represent.
“Not signing in December was just making 100 percent sure that that’s the right decision for me.”