As one of the best quarterbacks in the state, Denton Ryan quarterback Scotty Young has received plenty of attention on the college recruiting front.
Young has offers from Arizona, Baylor, SMU, Houston, and Texas Tech and is hearing from heavyweights including LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and Texas, but on Sunday night, he made his decision to commit to the Red Raiders.
“I’ve been talking to them for a while, and I just felt like Texas Tech is a great school,” Scotty explained. “I really like the coaches there, and I feel like Tech is a great fit for me, so I decided to go ahead and commit.”
A big factor in Scotty's decision was based on his comfort with running the spread offense and having the chance to throw the ball more than any other quarterback in the country.
“We run the spread at my high school, and our offense is pretty similar to Texas Tech’s. That was a big reason why I chose Tech. I feel like transitioning into college will be easier since it’s a similar type of offense.”
In that offense, Scotty passed for 4,495 yards and 65 touchdowns, just two shy of former Red Raider QB Graham Harrell's Texas high school record of 67 single season touchdown passes.
He was also named to Texas' 4A all-state second team as a junior after leading his teams to the Class 4A Division I Region I Semifinals.
Graham's success as the most prolific passer in college football had a very big impact on Young. One of Scotty’s coaches at Denton Ryan is Zac Harrell, Graham's older brother. Coach Harrell was a great resource for Scotty and one of the reasons he committed to the Red Raiders.
“Coach Harrell has talked to me a lot about Graham and the school. He’s actually the one who originally got the Texas Tech coaches interested in me. He talked to them about me and then they gave me an offer, my first offer actually.
“[Coach Harrell] just told me about how Graham felt about the school and everything, and that had a big influence on my decision to commit.”
With Tech's reputation of turning out some of the nation's best quarterbacks, Scotty knew that he didn't want to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime to play for Head Coach Mike Leach.
“They offered three quarterbacks, and the coaches told me basically that the first one to commit would get the spot. I knew they just recently extended their third offer [to Arlington’s Matt Joeckel], and I thought that he was going to commit pretty soon. Tech’s led for a while now, so I decided to commit.”
Denton Ryan has two other players on their team who are D-I prospects, WR Bud Sasser and OL Garrett Gramling Young. Both have been offered by Texas Tech, and Scotty is hoping to influence his teammates to join the Red Raider family as well.
“I’m definitely going to try to get them to consider Tech a lot. They are great players and teammates, and I’d really like to play with them more than just one more year. I would like to influence them and hopefully make a decision to commit to Texas Tech too.”
In addition to playing football, Scotty is a standout on the pitcher for Ryan’s baseball team and has discussed playing both sports at the collegiate level. Right now, though, he is trying to schedule around baseball so that he can get a visit in to Lubbock.
“I've been to Lubbock before, for the Texas Tech/Nebraska game. I didn’t get to see a lot of the campus, but I got to see the football facilities.
"We just started trying to figure out a time for me to take another visit there. I am playing baseball right now, so we have to schedule around that, but I’m going to try to get down there this spring.”
With his commitment made, Scotty said he is already feeling less pressure and is very confident in his decision.
“Originally I wanted to wait until my senior year, but as recruiting went on, I started getting more stressed about it. I feel very relieved to have it over with. I’m very happy with my decision and feel like Texas Tech is such a good fit for me.”
Scotty is a 4-star recruit on Scout.com.
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