West Jones (Miss.) defensive lineman Byron Young provided fireworks when he committed to Alabama on July 4, but that hasn’t stopped other schools from recruiting him.
The 4-star Alabama commit said LSU, Florida, Ole Miss and Mississippi State continue to pursue him and added he talks to Ole Miss ” every single day.” That’s probably not going to end anytime soon.
Young doesn’t plan to sign next week when the early signing period begins Wednesday and said he plans to wait until the traditional National Signing Day in February. He will also likely take official visits to other schools in January.
Young made his official visit to the Crimson Tide last weekend and left with a clear mandate: Be prepared.
“They just told me to come ready to compete every single day whenever I walk in,” Young said Wednesday as he arrived in Montgomery for the 2018 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. “You know, they’re looking for me to play, so just come with the mindset to be ready to play and the best I can be.”
Alabama’s 2019 class currently features seven defensive lineman, a needed influx of talent as the Crimson Tide could lose all three starting defensive lineman.
Senior Isaiah Buggs is graduating, while redshirt sophomore Quinnen Williams and junior Raekwon Davis are both draft eligible. ESPN analyst Todd McShay projects Williams as a top-5 pick, and the 6-foot-7 Davis could also be a first-rounder.
Alabama jack linebacker Anfernee Jennings could also go to the draft, leaving plenty of playing available, even for true freshmen.
Young said the emergence of Williams as an All-American and Outland Trophy winner shows what a defensive lineman can accomplish at Alabama.
“It does give me some motivation to go there and try to be the next great d-lineman they’ve had,” Young said.
Alabama already has 24 commitments in the Class of 2019 and remains a possible landing spot for a bevy of uncommitted 5-star players, including linebacker Nakobe Dean, offensive lineman Evan Neal, running back Trey Sanders and defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux.
So, how solid is Young’s Alabama commitment? “I’m pretty solid,” he said.
Is there any chance he’ll flip to another school? “Not right not, but things can change.”
Stay tuned. Other schools aren’t giving up on landing this 6-foot-4, 285-pounder.