Scottie Young Details Transfer, Playing Status As Move To West Virginia Approaches
West Virginia transfer Scottie Young views Jahmile Addae, his former coach at Arizona and his future coach at WVU, as much more than just a football teacher and mentor.
“Coach Addae is passionate and very detail-oriented. He pushes you like a big brother. I look like him that way, not like a coach. He has your back and has your best interests at heart,” Young told BlueGoldNews.com.
Addae’s presence at West Virginia certainly helped Young make his transfer decision, but it wasn’t the only reason he chose the Mountaineer program after deciding to leave Arizona after three seasons. Although WVU didn’t recruit him out of high schoool following his senior season of 2016, he was still familiar with the school and football scene.
“Rich Rodriguez (Young’s head coach during his freshman year) coached there, so I knew some of their history. And of course Coach Addae played there. I knew about them and some of their players.
“When I decided to transfer I already knew about them, and it’s a chance to get back closer to some of my family in Florida. Then talking with Coach Addae and Coach (Neal) Brown, everything they told me seemed like it fits in with what I like and want to do.”
Noting that he wants to “take his game to a whole different level,” Young sees many similarities in West Virginia’s defense to the one he played at Arizona.
“I don’t know where I will play there yet, but anywhere on the field I feel like I can do a lot of different things,” the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder said. “I can play the run game and tackle and I can blitz. I can cover running backs and tight ends out of the backfield. I don’t see myself as a one-position guy, so wherever they want me I think I can fit in.
“In talking with Coach Addae and Coach Vic (Koenning), they have a lot of different packages and different defensive backs. You need a lot of them with the way the game is played today. They use a lot of extra DBs, so I think that’s good for me.”
While some outlets reported Young would be coming to WVU as a graduate transfer, that is not the case. He does have one year of eligibility remaining, but said he would not graduate from Arizona. Therefore, if he wishes to play in 2020, he will have to apply for and receive a transfer waiver.
“I’m just in the process of applying for that, so we will see how that goes. But if I have to sit out in 2020 and play in 2021, I am OK with that,” he noted.
Young is currently in his hometown of San Diego and making plans to get to Morgantown so he can be ready to join the team when college football reopens. Until then, he is talking with his WVU coaches and future teammates online, and trying to get living quarters and other details ironed out so he can be ready to go for what he hopes will be an excellent final collegiate season.
In his Arizona career, he totaled 157 stops in three seasons (116 solo), with nine tackles for loss and five interceptions. He also had 12 pass deflections.