Young, a redshirt freshman last season, missed most of spring practice because of a foot injury and missed the Hokies’ first preseason scrimmage because of a groin injury. But according to those close to him, Young, an All-Met in 2009, also wasn’t happy his role in Blacksburg.
“He didn’t want to be the No. 2 guy,” said H.D. Woodson assistant coach Wayne Johnson. “He wanted to be the No. 1 guy. And he showed them. ... And the coaching staff said he was good enough to be the No. 1. guy.”
Colorado and Kentucky were also pursuing Young, according to Johnson.
But it’s not surprising Young ended up at New Mexico, where he joins a roster that includes 17 other Washington-area players and a coaching staff with strong ties to the D.C. area. New Mexico’s head coach, Mike Locksley, is a Ballou graduate and former Maryland assistant. His assistant coach Craig Jefferies, whose high school teams lost to Young twice, resigned as Dunbar’s head coach in January to join Locksley. According to Johnson, New Mexico coaches had big plans for Young in the team’s offense.
“They said they were going to build the entire offense around him,” Johnson said.
Young, who wasn’t immediately available for comment, has to sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules.
A dynamic player at H.D. Woodson who amassed 2,461 yards and 24 touchdowns in his senior season of high school, Young committed early on to Virginia Tech but also took an official visit to New Mexico late in the recruiting process.