SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Malek Young de-committed from Georgia in early December in the wake of Jeremy Pruitt’s departure, and his recruitment has since picked up.
The three-star athlete from Coconut Creek High School (Pompano Beach, Fla.), told SEC Country he is likely down to four schools: Clemson, South Carolina, Miami and Ohio State. The Bulldogs remain on the outside looking in since Kirby Smart took the coaching helm in Athens, Ga. Auburn, a program he showed interest in earlier this fall, is no longer in the mix following secondary coach Travaris Robinson’s departure.
Now, Young will officially visit Clemson (Jan. 15), Miami (Jan. 22) and South Carolina (Jan. 29) before announcing a decision on National Signing Day. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior broke down each of the aforementioned programs below.
On South Carolina: “Coach Robinson and I have good communication. He keeps it real with me. I love the way he coaches. He’s lacking defensive backs, so, he looked at their film, my film and he said I could fit in for what they want.”
On Miami: “They still don’t have a defensive backs coach. I’m waiting for him to get in so I can build a relationship.”
On Clemson: “I always kept in touch with Clemson. I just watch their defensive backs coach every game and I love the way he coaches them.”
On Ohio State: “Coach (Kerry) Coombs, he’s a very intensive, aggressive coach. I saw what he did to coach the defensive backs up from last year to this year.”
Young, the No. 73 prospect in Florida, says there is no strategy behind his decision to visit South Carolina the weekend before signing day.