TAMPA – Caleb Young loves football because he says it teaches you real life just on a different stage.
The Cambridge Christian wide receiver/safety enters his junior season after recording five interceptions and six touchdowns as a sophomore. The 6’0″, 175-pounder had 537 total yards from scrimmage including a team-best 378 receiving yards. He had six touchdowns the year prior.
This past season, the Lancers finished 12-1 falling just win short of a Class 2A state title. A more seasoned University Christian group beat Cambridge Christian.
Young called it a great season, one that he’ll never forget.
“It always feels good to contribute to the team, especially in big games and late in the season during our playoff run,” Young told Prep Sports Scouting. “The longer the season went on the more people knew about Cambridge Christian football. We were in the paper or on television almost every week. This year we want more, we want to win it all.”
Rising junior running back/defensive back Andrew Cunningham called Young a great teammate. The duo play alongside one another on both the Lancers’ football and basketball teams.
“He is very humble and fun to be around also,” Cunningham said. “I’ve known him since we were in the 6th grade so we’ve been joking around with each other for quite some time. But overall he’s a good teammate, great friend and one heck of an athlete.”
Young called Cunningham and fellow rising junior quarterback Jaylin Jackson two of his best friends.
“It’s fun playing next to those them. Both of those guys are phenomenal athletes and can score from anywhere on the field. We have three or four other guys that are just as athletic and it makes our offense difficult to stop.”
On top of playing outside receiver, Young lines up at both free and strong safety as well as quarterback occasionally in the wildcat package.
He started playing football at age 9 lining up as a running back and cornerback. He says he realized he could compete with just anybody shortly thereafter during middle school.
As for his biggest strengths, he pointed to his speed, hands and toughness at wide receiver and speed, physicality and ball skills at safety. He’s aiming to improve his blocking and route running on offense and his lateral quickness on defense.
Young has yet to receive his first offer, but he has drawn interest from Massachusets, Catawba and Samford.
When he isn’t playing football, he is on the hardwood draining jumpers. Last season, he averaged 18 points for the Lancers basketball team.
He says basketball helps with his footwork and agility.
Young is really close with eighth-year head coach Bob Dare. Over the last two seasons, Dare has helped the Lancers post a 20-3 record.
“He’s [Dare] a great coach and a great person. One of the things I love about this team is they teach us football and also how to be real men. The entire coaching staff puts a lot of emphasis on morals, ethics, and Christian faith.”
He calls his parents and older brother Garrett, a former Cambridge quarterback (2012-15) and current Michigan Tech quarterback his biggest role models.
My brother has been through it all in high school sports, recruiting, wins and losses, injuries. He has a lot of experience and I can talk to him about all of it. I’m really close with my parents, I talk to them about everything from sports, school and social life. They are great parents and give me a lot of great advice.”
Young says his ultimate goal is to win as many games as possible over next two years in high school. He believes he can play Division-I football and hasn’t really thought about anything further just yet.
Whether he’s playing basketball or football, Young is noticeable out there. He hustles from start to finish and makes plays that flash his instincts and athleticism.
Caleb Young had a career year a season ago and he should be in for an even bigger year as Cambridge Christian aims to go all the way in 2016.
Favorite player to watch – Former NFL safety John Lynch
Fun fact about you that you think no one knows – “I used to skateboard a lot. I wakeboard a lot now.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “C-Bo”
Game film: Young’s Hudl tape
In case you missed it:
1-on-1 with Cambridge Christian RB Andrew Cunningham
1-on-1 with Cambridge Christian ATH Aaron Pierre
1-on-1 with Cambridge Christian QB Jaylin Jackson
1-on-1 with Cambridge Christian ATH J’Kobi Reddick
Photo credit: Tampa Bay Times
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