Colfax's Young Verbally Commits To S. Utah

Falcon QB Will Sign LOI Next Wednesday
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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Colfax High quarterback Austin Young, who passed for over 5,000 yards and 58 touchdowns the past two seasons while leading the Falcons to a pair of Pioneer Valley League football championships, will sign a letter of intent next Wednesday, Feb. 1 to play collegiate football at Southern Utah University. Young visited Southern Utah last weekend and was offered a full, five-year scholarship by Thunderbirds head coach Ed Lamb and verbally committed. “The visit was awesome, real impressive,” said Young. “The coaches were great and the student-athletes really made me feel welcome. It was quite an experience.” Southern Utah is located in Cedar City, Utah, 180 miles north of Las Vegas. The Thunderbirds will join the Big Sky Conference for football next season. This past year Southern Utah posted a 6-5 record including wins over UNLV, UC Davis, Sacramento State and Weber State. “The town is what really sold me,” said Young about Cedar City. “It has 30,000 people but it still has a small town atmosphere.” In 2011, Young had one of the most impressive senior quarterback seasons ever recorded by a Falcon signal caller as he hit on 124 of 201 aerials for 2,752 yards and 33 touchdowns passes. A first-team all-PVL selection for the past two years, the 6-foot five inch 230 pound Young was also the PVL’s Most Valuable Offensive Player this past season. Young, who had also attracted recruiting interest from UNLV and Fresno State, noted that next season the Thunderbirds will play their first two games of the 2012 schedule against Utah State and California. Colfax High football coach Tony Martello, who over the years has turned out several Div. I quarterbacks under his tutelage with the Falcons, pointed out that Young earned his scholarship offer. “Austin has all the tools and worked very, very hard to get to this point,” said Martello. “I’m really happy for him.”