UGA defensive back commitment Malek Young has an interesting nickname.
The rising senior is called “Humble Child” around his inner circle because of his unassuming nature and work ethic. He even adopted that as his Twitter handle for his social media presence.
The Coconut Creek product hails from the same Florida high school program which produced former UGA receiver Mike Moore and he was the seventh prospect to commit to the Bulldogs’ 2016 signing class.
He loves UGA and is planning to put on his recruiter’s hat to bring a pair of his 4-star teammates to the elite “Dawg Night” prospect camp later this month and show them why he’s so stoked about his decision to play in Sanford Stadium.
Think that’s all you need to know about the U.S. Army All-American? Here’s 5 more quick-hits about an out-of-state prospect who thrives playing multiple positions for his high school team.
Here are five things to know about UGA DB commit Malek Young:
1. His high school coach thinks he is a steal — Coconut Creek (Fla.) head coach Kareem Reid plays him as a “Percy Harvin” type athlete in his program. He has a “jack-of-all trades role” on both sides of the ball. Reid thinks Young would be a four or five-star prospect if he played anywhere else other than the abundant talent-rich fields of South Florida. He pointed out Young’s college-ready body in the weight room and his physical and explosive nature on the field and foresees him getting reps as a true freshman in Athens. “I’m going to do everything I can to be able to play as a freshman in Athens,” Young said.
2. He’s sick fast and an athletic marvel — Reid said that Young has clocked a 4.37 second time in the 40-yard dash and is one of the five all-around strongest players on his high school team. That’s one of several reasons why Miami is still recruiting him. Clemson was his second choice. He’s been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash with a laser. He said he’s also ran the 100 meters in 10.6 seconds. He bench presses 275 pounds and squats another 405. His vertical leap has been measured at 35 inches.
3. He can handle his business in the classroom — He’s already qualified and plans to study either sports management or sports medicine at UGA. The well-spoken athlete told the AJC he scored a 23 on his ACT. He said his favorite subject in school is Math and he’ll try to maintain a “B” average in high school as a senior. “I like Math and using my mind to figure out the solutions to problems,” he said.
4. He said committing to play for UGA was the coolest moment of his life — He’s 17 years old, but said that he can’t think of a better day than his commitment day . He said after he chose UGA that defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt mentioned he could immediately come in contribute on special teams. That got him even more excited. “Just the way they welcomed me to the program it already felt like I was a part of a family already,” Young said.
5. He worked for this opportunity — Here’s a quote that resonates: “Nobody has ever had to tell me to go out and work. I know that hard work leads to great things in life,” Young said. Why is he so fast? He said work. Young got his speed by running with parachutes and sleds. He used to run by the side of the highway on sidewalks back in middle school to increase his speed. He’s also ran track for many years and up and down hills to constantly build leg strength. His senior year goal is to add weight. He wants to be a leader. He wants to lead his team on a deep playoff run, but he also wants to maintain his speed and quickness while putting on 10 pounds to get ready to play at UGA.
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.