No star to 4-star: Jordan Young commitment could be 'one that turns UT's program around'
KNOXVILLE — Tennessee picked up another commitment for the 2018 class last week.
Jordan Young, a previously unheralded wide receiver, chose the Vols after taking an official visit the weekend before. During the visit, Young received an offer from Jeremy Pruitt. The offer was his first from any Power 5 school.
It is remarkable to think that a talented receiver from Conyers. Ga., on the outskirts of Atlanta could go unnoticed with zero offers and Pruitt and staff were able to reel him in to Tennessee.
Now after committing, Young is listed as a 4-star prospect (247Sports) after not being ranked.
Eddie Snell, one of Young’s assistant coaches at Heritage High School, told Saturday Down South that Young’s recruitment was baffling.
Snell played at Alabama State as a defensive end from 1996-2000. He is the defensive coordinator for Heritage and the head track coach.
“As a former college football player and High School Coach for many years, I know what an elite wide receiver looks like,” Snell said. “Jordan has everything you want in a receiver. He has all the measurables being 6-3, 190. He runs a 4.46 40 yard dash. His numbers this year were just insane.
“He led the state of Georgia in all classes in receiving yards. His highlight tape is the best I have seen from the wide receiver position since I have been coaching and he has the grades.”
Young earned Second Team All-State honors in Georgia at the 6A level. He did so after catching 66 passes for 1,562 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Young’s athleticism crosses over to running track at Heritage and competes in the hurdles.
“He ran track for me since his 9th-grade year,” Snell said. “We won the state championship in the 110m hurdles, despite missing most of the season with a broken leg. He did not run the 4x100m relay because of his injury, but at the State meet, my anchor leg goes down. I inserted Jordan as our anchor, we proceeded to shatter our school record and easily won our heat. There are so many wonderful things I can remember about what Jordan did during a game, or at a track meet.”
Snell will tell anyone that Young’s performances are impressive on the football field and on the track, but the area that impresses him the most is “what he does when he thinks no one is watching.”
After a tough second-round playoff loss, Snell normally gives players a few weeks off from track to let their body heal.
Young didn’t want it. That is a moment that stands out to Snell in what kind of player and person the wide receiver and track athlete is.
“That Monday I showed up to practice,” Snell said of the scheduled off week. “Jordan was waiting on me to open the gates. I asked him why he did not take the week off, he replied, ‘Coach, you can’t win State taking days off!'”
“Since that day, no matter how much attention he garners from this recruiting process, from 3:30-6:00, he is as locked in as I’ve ever seen from an athlete. His work ethic is incredible, he practically never gets tired. He is such an unselfish guy, he often deflects attention from himself to shine the light on his teammates.”
As National Signing Day approaches Feb. 7, Jeremy Pruitt and his coaching staff are putting together an inaugural class that could be a jump start for recruiting at a high level going forward during their time at Tennessee.
Snells says of Pruitt and UT’s staff finding Young and bringing him into the program “could potentially be looking back on this signing in years to come as the one that turned their program around.”