Hurricanes make late push for Palm Beach Gardens' Avery Young
Friday, January 27, 2012
by Matt Porter
Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach Gardens High School offensive lineman Avery Young (left), looks over his shoulder as University of Miami defensive line coach Jethro Franklin hugs Avery's older brother, Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young Jr., on Friday at Sailfish Marina on Singer Island.
RIVIERA BEACH - Avery Young, the four-star offensive lineman from Palm Beach Gardens, is making Miami wait.
The Hurricanes plan to be patient.
Miami made its final push for Young on Friday afternoon at the Sailfish Marina on Singer Island.
Four UM coaches huddled at the restaurant's bar waiting for Young to finish a conversation.
Head coach Al Golden, wearing his trademark orange tie, sat next to offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. Offensive line coach Art Kehoe and defensive line coach Jethro Franklin closed the circle. A hostess notified them their secluded table was ready. She playfully asked for game tickets.
Twenty minutes later, a smiling Franklin went outside to hustle Young inside the restaurant.
"Hey, we're on a tight schedule here," Franklin joked.
But the Hurricanes appeared to have plenty of time for Young, one of the nation's top uncommitted recruits. According to those close to Young, they are determined to be the last program to talk to the 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle.
Friday may have been their last chance. Sunday is the final day college coaches may contact potential recruits, but Young's family expects him to privately weigh his decision until Wednesday's signing day.
Young has declared a top three of Auburn, Georgia and Florida, but he has shown interest in Miami. Last weekend, he spent his final official visit in Coral Gables. He said Miami's staff "put in a lot of effort" to show him around.
If Young is ready, he could earn early playing time at Miami. With Brandon Washington declaring for the NFL Draft, Seantrel Henderson and Jonathan Feliciano are the only returning tackles. The Hurricanes have commitments from three-star Miami Norland tackle Ereck Flowers and two-star tackle Taylor Gadbois of Dallas, Ga.
Signing Young, the ninth-ranked offensive lineman in the nation, would be a late splash for Golden.
But he has plenty of competition.
Florida head coach Will Muschamp spent Wednesday evening at Young's Riviera Beach home. Georgia head coach Mark Richt saw Young at school Thursday morning. Auburn's new offensive coordinator, Scot Loeffler, came to introduce himself Thursday afternoon.