NORTH MIAMI – Teja Young is on a mission.
The 2018 athlete hopes to get his recruiting process on the right track, as his recent decision to transfer from Royal Palm Beach to Palm Beach Lakes may indicate. He’s looking to get noticed more on the gridiron, and he’s not about to get denied in any way, shape, or form.
“I transferred for better opportunities,” Young said matter-of-factly. “My recruiting process hasn’t been taken off the way I would like because I haven’t been getting exposure.”
Young scored 13 touchdowns this past season at the quarterback position for Royal Palm Beach. But the 5-11, 174-pound junior feels more comfortable at cornerback, as he registered 7 pass breakups and 1 interception last year for the Wildcats.
The rising star is poised to be a leader in the secondary this upcoming season for Palm Beach Lakes. He will share the spotlight with 4-star junior defensive back Gurvan Hall, who has more than 20 Power 5 college football offers to date, including the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, and Pittsburgh.
Speaking of Pittsburgh, the Palm Beach Lakes transfer has garnered some interest from the ACC school as of last week. It’s the first school that has openly taken a hard look at the burgeoning talent, according to Young.
“I talked to Pittsburgh with Gurvan on Tuesday,” Young said. “Coach (Tim) Salem (Pittsburgh tight ends coach) came down to check us out.”
This could be the first of many schools flooding in to consider Young for an eventual offer.
As evidenced by his overall showing at the Florida Football Fire Showcase yesterday (Jan. 21) at North Miami Stadium in North Miami (Fla.), Young certainly has what it takes to hang with some of the best wide receivers out there.
In a series of opportunities at defensive back, Florida Fire coaches were impressed with Young’s ability to blanket receivers in 1-on-1’s and prevent catches in the process. They also noted his football IQ, awareness, agility, speed, and technique when it comes to designed plays in coverage.
It resulted with Young being selected for the final group at the Florida Football Fire’s 7-on-7 showcase tryout. It resulted with Fire coaches selecting him as the No. 3 overall player in Palm Beach County, behind 2019 cornerback/Miami verbal commit Akeem Dent (Palm Beach Central; No. 1 ranking) and 2018 defensive back Mike Nestor (Olympic Heights; No. 2 ranking).
“I appreciated the opportunity to come out and compete against my peers with the Florida Fire,” Young said. “There were a couple of times I was beat on a comeback (route), but other than that, it went good for me.”
Going back to Palm Beach Lakes, the budding talent seems really excited about a fresh new start with the Rams this upcoming season.
“Big year for us,” said Young, who also may play sometimes at quarterback and running back for the Rams. “We’re coming for everybody, and we’re trying to bring a state championship home to Palm Beach Lakes. We’re ready to get this thing rolling.”
Photo credits: Gene Nardi