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Albany's Young joins linebacking tradition at The U


The Miami Hurricanes have seen their fair share of great linebackers.

The program that produced NFL greats Ray Lewis, Jonathan Vilma, and Jon Beason has reeled in another great recruit in the form of Albany Indians linebacker Juwon Young.

Young signed his letter of intent to play at The U Tuesday afternoon in front of family and friends.

The three star recruit is enrolling early at Miami, and begins classes in January.

He says a major factor in trading the green and orange of Albany High for that of the Hurricanes was the academic pull of UM.

"The school is a small school so you have no option but to learn," Young says. "So when you can learn and graduate, that's awesome."

He will admit the football part is pretty enticing too.

"I'm looking forward to the games. I'm looking forward to the crowds," he smiles.

Young says he hopes enrolling early will give him a leg up in preparing for the 2014 season, adding he doesn't believe he'll redshirt.

"I'm going to go in, work hard, and try to play off the top," he says.

The Miami program had been under investigation by the NCAA for improper benefits, but the bowl ban against the Hurricanes was lifted in October.

Now Young believes the Canes' best days are ahead of them.

"The program is about to be on an uplift. My freshman year is going to be amazing," Young says. "From my sophomore year to my senior year, we're going to be amazing on the field because of the recruiting class we've got coming in."

Young was the Defensive MVP in the 2012 Junior Bowl, and played both linebacker and running back for the Indians in 2013.

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