When you're the No. 1-rated offensive tackle in the country, the No. 2 prospect in Florida and the No. 11 overall prospect on the Rivals.com board, the only place to go is down, right?
Sam Young is going places, but it's certainly not down.
While most will say-including Irish head coach Charlie Weis-that he's not ready to "anoint" anyone as a sure-fire prospect, there's been little reason to believe through the first week of pre-season camp that Young is anything but legit goods.
Asked how legitimate Young's bid for a starting spot as a true freshman really is, Weis couldn't contain a laugh. "He's on the first team, isn't he?" said Weis, referring to his work at No. 1 left tackle in the absence of injured three-year starter Ryan Harris.
Asked again later how serious of a candidate Young was to start at right tackle with the return of Harris Monday, thus bumping Young back to the right side to compete with fifth-year senior Brian Mattes, Weis said, "Serious. He's a serious contender. That means that if he ends up being the best guy, which he might be, he'll end up being in there."
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