Phil Kornblut

Malik Young makes his commitment to USC

Malik Young
Malik Young

Offensive lineman Malik Young (6-4 295) of Woodmont committed to South Carolina on Tuesday while on an unofficial visit with his parents and his coach.

The Gamecocks offered Young last week, and after that there was little doubt in his mind he would join the Gamecocks.

"I like being around my family and it's close to home," Young said. "I love the team. Coach [Shawn] Elliott is a great coach, and I love the Gamecocks."

Young played tackle last season but will shift to guard this season. He's projected as a guard with the Gamecocks.

"My strengths are pulling and how fast I am for my size," Young said. "I have good technique and I have good feet and good balance."

Young's other offer is from SC State, so the chance to play at USC is very exciting to him.

"You get to play in the greatest conference in all of college football," he said.

Young is the fourth commitment for USC's 2014 class. He is unrated by most recruiting networks, though 247Sports has him with a grade of 79, which is a high two-star prospect.

USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott was contacted by Woodmont second year coach Jason Farmer about Young after Farmer saw how much he had progressed during spring practice.

"I was real excited for him that this has happened," Farmer said last week. "I honestly don't understand why more schools don't come in and look at this kid. We were 1-10 last year and we're not a big name program and sometimes people shy away from that, but I know he can play at that next level. I think South Carolina has made a great decision. His parents are Gamecock fans and his family is from Columbia. It's really a perfect fit."