RS-Freshman, Offensive Lineman
6'3" 323 lbs.
Pelzer, SC (Woodmont HS).
Signed in 2014. No other offers from Div. I schools. Rated as a three-star prospect.
Not a highly touted recruit out of Woodmont High School, Malik Young battled injury and adversity to still qualify for the Shrine Bowl. An impressive showing at a Gamecock summer-camp spurred Coach Elliot and the Offensive Line staff to take a hard look at, and eventually offer a scholarship to, the up-and-coming Right Guard from the upstate. He took a Redshirt last season in order to put on some weight and allow the coaches time to groom him for the roles he'll be most suited to play in the Gamecocks Offense. By all accounts, he's been working his tail off to make the roster:
Only another student athlete could understand the life we live— Malik Young (@MalikYoung77) April 3, 2015
During his Redshirt season Young has added nearly 50 pounds to his frame, has shown promise as a Right Guard and at Left Tackle and will hopefully add some talent and depth to an O-Line that played the role of Jekyll/Hyde last year despite a high-level of talent across the board. Trying to replace A.J. Cann will be a hard task. Young will likely be playing a substitution role at Right Guard. However, his commitment and progress thus far point to good things ahead; look for a solid performance out of a well-coached and grounded young man eager to get his moment under the lights in Willy-B.
Malik Young reportedly took up the game of football after his Freshman year in High School. Can you name a Gamecock standout that was also a relative newcomer to the game before his time in Columbia?