Good Counsel's star close to decision

Two days after Good Counsel's (Olney, Md.) football win over Bishop O'Connell (Va.) and one day after practicing with the Falcons' basketball team, talented junior Louis Young said a decision on where he will attend college and what sport he will play might be coming.


"I might decide in the next two weeks, or I might wait and choose a school right after the football season," said Young, a talented defensive back for Good Counsel's ESPN RISE FAB 50-ranked football team. "I'm not sure yet, but I might decide pretty soon. If I do pick a school in the next month, that will also mean I decided to choose a school based on playing football in college."

A physical, lockdown cornerback and receiver who is averaging 23 yards per reception, the 6-foot, 185-pound Young has already received football scholarship offers from Stanford, Boston College, Maryland and Virginia Tech.

While Young was able to crack the starting lineup in football as a sophomore, he started half of Good Counsel's varsity basketball games for coach Mike Hibbs as a freshman in 2006-2007 and holds basketball scholarship offers from Maryland and William & Mary.

So does the junior have a favorite?

"I don't really know yet which sport I'll play in college, but I definitely plan on playing both sports all four years at Good Counsel -- even if I decide on a college this year," Young said. "I love both sports and we have really great programs and coaches in both football and basketball. My goal is to help Good Counsel win the WCAC championships in both sports."

Young established himself as an elite defensive back as a sophomore in 2007-2008 and this year he has an expanded role as a wide receiver, but Young looks forward to playing corner in college.

"I really enjoy playing the corner. If I play football in college, I'd want to be a defensive back," Young said. "I take a lot of pride in being a good coverage back, but I also like to come up and make stops."

Young had his only touchdown reception of the year so far against DeMatha, a game that was nationally televised on ESPN2. He has five receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown on the year.

On the hardwood, Young had a breakout season as a sophomore. He averaged 11 points, 6 assists and 3 steals as a starting point guard and earned a reputation for playing exceptional defense against some of the other top sophomore point guards in the area -- players like Bishop O'Connell's Kendall Marshall (committed to North Carolina), Georgetown Prep's Markel Starks (committed to Georgetown) and Gonzaga's Tyler Thornton (committed to Duke).

"He had played well as a freshman the year before, which is really tough to do in the WCAC, but he really improved, particularly offensively, last year," Hibbs said. "He used his quickness and strength to positively shut down some of the top guards in the area. Louis could be a big-time player in football or basketball in college -- he is that talented."

Young is weighing several options as he chooses a college, and sports are only part of the equation.

"Academics will be the first thing for me when I look at colleges, I am mostly concerned about the books. I want to make sure I set myself up for a good future in case I don't make it in sports or get injured. I want to get a degree that ensures that I'll be able to take care of myself and my family," Young said. "I also want to go to a school where I can play a lot right away. I want to get playing time early, as a freshman. Stanford and Boston College both say that I can play a lot right away in football. Playing time, good coaches, having a good team those are the things besides academics that are important to me."

James Quinn covers high school basketball for ESPN RISE's MdVarsity.com.