UGA commitment Malek Young will be on an official visit to Ohio State this weekend. He’s also recently picked up an offer from Auburn.
Where does all this new attention leave him with UGA?
“He’s still solid to Georgia,” Reid said. “Auburn did come in here last week with (defensive coordinator) Will Muschamp and (defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson) and I know he is going to take an official visit there as well. He’s still pretty solid to Georgia. I think that barring any coaching changes it will stick.”
Coconut Creek, Fla. coach Kareem Reid told DawgNation on Friday morning that Young will be making his third trip to the Ohio State campus.
“He’s been to Ohio State twice before,” Reid said. ‘They know him. Coach Urban Meyer and (Ohio State wide receivers coach) Zach Smith already know him really well. He doesn’t have an offer from them yet. They actually invited Malek to come up. He didn’t reach out to them. They kind of pursued him and wanted him to come up and take a visit.”
Reid also detailed Auburn’s recent push for Young.
The Coconut Creek coach classified their interest in him as “high.” Auburn offered last week and told Reid they needed Young and liked his toughness. They stressed the fact they signed three defensive backs from Florida last year and all three of those guys are already getting playing time.
Auburn sees Young as a nickel safety in their defensive scheme.
“He’s just kicking the tires on everything with this process,” Reid said. “He knows that he only gets one shot at this deal and once he signs on the dotted line with those papers it will all be over.”
Young has told DawgNation that he will be taking his official visit to UGA in December for the awards banquet with all the other commitments. Young has always been regarded as one of the most underrated commitments among UGA’s 2016 class. He’s rated as a 3-star recruit, but his film and constant in-game production show he’s a lot better than that.
He will be joined by his teammate Binjimen Victor at Ohio State this weekend. Victor, a 4-star recruit, is also being recruited by UGA. He was at Dawg Night this summer, but Reid doesn’t feel that UGA is really going hard after his 6-foot-4 wideout at this time.
“I’m not sure how hard Georgia has been pursuing him right now,” Reid said. “They have a shot because he’s still uncommitted. He’s taken an official visit to West Virginia and this will be his second official visit now. I think if UGA wants him, then they will have to get a little more aggressive.”
Reid said that Victor will also take officials to Florida and Tennessee in January and that he’s currently left one official visit slot open for another team to come in.
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.