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4-Star DE Bryson Young Ready to Help Oregon Get ‘Back on Track’

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CLOVIS, Calif. — Despite suffering a loss to Washington State this weekend, Oregon came away with a victory on the recruiting trail as 4-star defensive end Bryson Young committed to the Ducks’, ballooning Oregon’s 2016 class to 15 commits.

Young, who is a leader on defense for his Buchanan High School team, took an official visit to Oregon a few weeks ago and had an opportunity to meet with the Ducks’ coaches, preview the school’s academic program and took in the campus as well. This visit received high praise and looks to have been a pivotal visit in his recruitment as the 4-star prospect shut down his recruitment just weeks later.

Shortly after his visit, Young caught up with The Oregonian and discussed what made his most recent visit to Eugene one to remember.

“It was great,” he told The Oregonian in early October. “I’d been up there before. Last year I went up there for a camp. This time was a lot better, because I got to see everything, like academically. I got to see the players practice. It was a lot better than I thought it would be. It was a really fun trip.”

Ranked as the No. 19 player in the country as a weak-side end by 247Sports.com, Young held offers from Colorado State, Fresno State, Michigan, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA and USC before announcing his pledge to Oregon on Sunday, a school which now holds the No. 19 recruiting class in the nation and No. 4 within the PAC-12.

Young specifically cited the Oregon coaching staff and the impact they made on him when discussing his commitment with Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian/OregonLive.

“Two weeks ago was the first time I’d been to Oregon in over a year, and everybody was able to remember my name. At UCLA – we live a couple of hours away – we went there three times in one month and there were only a few coaches that could remember by name. 

That was saying something to me – how dedicated they are to their players or me. At Oregon, I hadn’t been there in a year and they remembered what I wore at the camp.

That says a lot.”

Standing at 6’5″ and 220-pounds, Young is listed as a weak-side defensive end, although the senior recruit may project to outside linebacker given his quick feet and overall athleticism. Young has made a name for himself rushing the passer thus far, a trait he hopes to continue for the Ducks at the next level whether he plays with his hand on the ground or not.

At this juncture, Young is the only prospect committed to Oregon with experience playing on the defensive line. As for the outside linebacker position, the Ducks have two at the position in the fold, although Young looks to be the only recruit capable of filling the unique hybrid role.

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