Young itching to take the field

By: Matt Long
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Having waited in the wings watching Anthony Mull quarterback Vista del Lago’s football team last year, Aaron Young is ready for his turn. The 17-year-old, 6-foot, 2-inch, 185-pound senior is psyched for the season, especially since he’s coming off a productive summer in which he performed well at several camps. Having spent his sophomore season leading the Vista del Lago junior varsity football team, Young backed up Mull last year. “It was beneficial to me to sit behind Anthony,” Young said. “I learned a lot about the offense and I’m finally ready to put what I learned to use.” Vista coach Chris Jones agreed. “I think it benefited Aaron not being thrown into the fire last year,” Jones said. “He was our scout team quarterback and got to sit back and watch and learn. He’s got pretty good arm strength and a big body and he can throw the ball well. He’s also got a willingness to learn and dive into the playbook and he wants to understand the intricacies of every play.” The highlight of Young’s summer came at the Elite 11 Camp held at Stanford University in May. Among 100 quarterbacks at the camp, many of whom already have earned college scholarships, Young won the Golden Gun Accuracy Award. “They had 10 groups of 10 quarterbacks and you take your drops and make your throws at the targets,” Young said. “They take the winners of each group and they make the finals. It felt pretty good to win that since 20 of those quarterbacks already had offers and there were a lot of big names there like Zach Kline (San Ramon Valley) and Jake Rodrigues (Whitney).” Kline has verbally committed to Cal, while Rodrigues has done the same with Oregon. “To me it was a big deal, but it wasn’t enough, though,” Young continued. “I didn’t have a stellar day; I wasn’t head and shoulders above everyone else.” Young also attended workouts for San Jose State and San Diego State and felt that those went well. At Vista del Lago’s team camp at Sac State in June, he felt things went well there too. “Being my first real varsity experience in pads, I felt really good and wasn’t shaky at all,” Young said. “We basically destroyed Whitney and I had a good, solid performance. It was good to know that I could get it done in a padded experience, even though it was just basically a scrimmage.” Young finished his summer at the Nike Football Training Camp and though he did well, he felt he was overshadowed by the bigger names at the camp. “I’m going in there with no publicity at all, so to make an impact I’ve got to have a stellar performance,” Young said. “I felt it was a very good summer for me and I’m pleased with the way I finished it off.” Young also competed in Vista’s 7-on-7 passing leagues at Sheldon and Monterey Trial high schools and played well there. While he hasn’t received any offers yet, Cornell and San Jose State are the schools showing the most interest in him. Young is interested in several other schools including Nevada, Fresno State, Florida International, University of Texas at San Antonio, Washington State, San Diego State and UNLV. “Being a one-year starter, it’s going to come down to how I play this year,” Young said. “I’m excited about the season. Logan Smith is the best receiver in the area in my opinion and I’m glad I get to throw to him. Teams are going to pick up on him, but I feel we’ve got good two, three and four guys that I can get the ball too. I think we’re going to be solid.”