Once Noah Young received a scholarship offer from Utah State’s football program, it didn’t take him long to pull the trigger.
The junior college linebacker announced his commitment to the Aggies on Monday on Twitter. Young plans on arriving in Cache Valley in June and has three years of eligibility remaining, plus the option to redshirt.
“I just woke up to the best news,” Young posted on Twitter. “I’ve been offered a full scholarship to play at Utah State University ... and with that being said I’m committed.”
According to a story that ran in the Pensacola (Florida) News Journal, Young will finish his freshman year academically at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California, later this month, and then will arrive in Logan on June 3.
The 6-foot-3, 232-pounder finished his freshman season strong at Southwestern, which is the same junior college current USU safety Shaq Bond competed for. Young started the season second on the depth chart at inside linebacker, but earned the starting role midway through the season and racked up 38 tackles in four games late in the season.
“I’ve improved a lot with my mental game while in JUCO,” Young told the Pensacola News Journal. “I’ve always been a student of the game.”
Young, who made 14 tackles against Riverside Community College, recorded 48 tackles in 11 games for the Jaguars, including 4.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks. No. 44 also recovered a pair of fumbles, intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown on a 24-yard blocked punt return against East Los Angeles College.
Young, who started five games for the Jaguars, plans on making an immediate impact for the Aggies, who graduated two of its best linebackers from the 2018 squad in Chase Christiansen and Suli Tamaivena.
“Utah State has a great location and a great program,” Young said. “They want me to get in ASAP and learn the playbook because they expect me to play this year.”
Prior to his lone season at Southwestern College, Young was a standout wrestler and football player at Gulf Breeze (Florida) High school. As a senior for the Dolphins, Young amassed 108 tackles, including 52 of the solo variety, forced a fumble and returned an interception to the house.
Despite having a very good senior season, Young wasn’t heavily recruited.
“I feel like I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder and believed that I could compete against anybody,” Young said. “I’ve always felt slept on and heard ‘you’re too slow’ or ‘you’re not big enough.’ The main thing is that I’ve always believed in myself and my parents have always believed in me.”
Wide receiver Aaren Vaughns become the latest former Aggie to sign an undrafted free agent contract with an NFL team. The former Utah State walk-on has inked with the Indianapolis Colts.
Vaughns is the seventh Aggie to sign a UFA contract in the last few days. Safety Gaje Ferguson, a Mountain Crest product, and offensive lineman Roman Andrus will join running back Darwin Thompson in Kansas City. Thompson was selected by the Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL draft.
Meanwhile, former Aggies Dax Raymond (tight end) and Ron’quavion Tarver (wide receiver) signed UFA contracts with the Chicago Bears, as did safety/linebacker Jontrell Rocquemore and safety Aaron Wade with the Cleveland Browns.