Could Auburn and Ohio State be in the mix for UGA commit?
Coconut Creek, Fla. — Malek Young has been committed to UGA since April, but the 3-star cornerback from Coconut Creek High School (Fla.) will continue to survey his options.
“I’m committed to Georgia, but I just want to visit other schools to see if I’m making the right choice,” Young told SEC Country. “I want to see what other schools have to offer.”
On that short list appears to be Ohio State and Auburn. Young is scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn on Nov. 28. and just recently took one to Ohio State this past Saturday with teammate and Buckeyes target Binjimen Victor.
Young came away impressed with the culture Urban Meyer has created in Columbus, Ohio, and left the trip with an offer.
“Urban Meyer has built a winning team,” said Young, the No. 71 player in Florida. “He’s 24-0 over the last three years. He knows how to make it happen. He’s not going anywhere. (Cornerbacks coach) Kerry Coombs isn’t going anywhere.”
The Tigers also appear to have a foot in the race given Young’s relationship with secondary coach Travaris Robinson, who recruited him during his tenure at Florida. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback will be one of several recruits to take in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 28, when Auburn hosts Alabama.
“He’s been talking to me and we’ve been keeping in touch,” Young said. “He’s a great coach. He says I remind him of (Baltimore Ravens safety) Matt Elam and (Seattle Seahawks safety) Earl Thomas. All the people around my size.”
However, despite the interest he’s drawn from both programs, Young maintained that he’s still firmly committed to the Bulldogs — one that has continued on since April. His admiration for defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and the program’s ability to develop defensive backs continues to be a selling point.
“I love the coverage they run,” Young said. “Pruitt coaches a lot of defensive backs my size. Defensive backs from Georgia have gone to the league — Champ Bailey, Damian Swann. I know they can coach and develop me the same way.”
Young told SEC Country that he is unsure where he will take his remaining two official visits.