Auburn and Ohio State chase hard after longtime UGA recruit

Malek Young is a 3-star recruit, but his film and on-field production show he's a lot better than that. (Michael Carvell / AJC)

Malek Young is committed to UGA. He went on an official visit to Ohio State this weekend and plans to take another official to Auburn on Nov. 28 for the Iron Bowl.

What exactly does that mean for a 3-star from Florida’s Coconut Creek High School who committed to UGA back in April?

“I’m committed to Georgia, but I just want to visit other schools to see if I’m making the right choice,” Young told SEC Country. “I want to see what other schools have to offer.”

He’s already impressed by UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

“I love the coverage they run,” Young said. “Pruitt coaches a lot of defensive backs my size. Defensive backs from Georgia have gone to the league — Champ Bailey, Damian Swann. I know they can coach and develop me the same way.”

The increased interest means Young’s stock is rising. Coconut Creek head coach Kareem Reid has always felt that the senior’s three-star rating is influenced by the fact he plays in talent-rich South Florida.

Reid has two other 4-star prospects on his team (4-star WR Binjimen Victor and 4-star CB Trayvon Mullen), but Young is the primary impact player on the team. Reid feels that Young would be an easy 4-star if he played in Metro Atlanta.

That theory is supported by Ohio State’s recent offer after his third visit to that campus.

Urban Meyer has built a winning team,” said Young, who is rated as the No. 71 player in Florida. “He’s 24-0 over the last three years. He knows how to make it happen. He’s not going anywhere. (Ohio State defensive backs coach) Kerry Coombs isn’t going anywhere.”

Auburn is highly interested in Young after offering him this month.

Tigers defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and secondary coach Travaris Robinson visited his school earlier this month and delivered the offer. Robinson will be Young’s primary recruiter. He recruited him when he held the same position at Florida.

“He’s been talking to me and we’ve been keeping in touch,” Young said. “He’s a great coach. He says I remind him of (Baltimore Ravens safety) Matt Elam and (Seattle Seahawks safety) Earl Thomas. All the people around my size.”

Young told SEC Country that he is unsure where he will take his remaining two official visits.

 

Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.

 

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