Originally created 01/25/00

Young chooses Deacons



NORTH AUGUSTA -- Anthony Young's college decision was based on the fact that he wanted to win in the classroom just as much as he does on the football field.

The North Augusta High quarterback committed to Wake Forest on Sunday after visiting the Atlantic Coast Conference school last weekend, canceling this weekend's trip to Georgia Southern.

"If they didn't offer before I left, I would've took another visit," he said. "I'm really just glad it's over with. It's been kind of stressful. Education was important, and Wake has a good school. It's small, and the classroom environment is perfect."

Young, who plans to major in biology, said the Winston-Salem, N.C., school's 11-to-1 student-teacher ratio was one of the positives that made his decision easier.

As a senior at North Augusta, Young guided the Jackets to a Class AAAA Division II state playoff berth after passing for more than 1,300 yards and rushing for 1,100 more. Wake Forest is still unsure of where they will play the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder.

Young said the Demon Deacons plan to red-shirt him next season and give him the opportunity to come back the next year and compete with red-shirt freshman C.J.Leak for the starting quarterback position. If he loses out to Leak, he probably will play wide receiver, a position he played in the South Carolina North-South All-Star Game at Myrtle Beach in December.

Leak, 6-foot-4, 217 pounds, was widely recruited out of Independence High in Charlotte, N.C., where he threw for 2,420 yards and 28 touchdowns during his senior year.

"I don't really know where they'll play me right now," Young said. "They're actually recruiting me more as a receiver, and it won't be a big deal if that's where I end up. I wouldn't mind playing quarterback, but I just wanted to go somewhere I could win."

Wake Forest earned its first winning season under seventh-year head coach Jim Caldwell last year, completing a 7-5 season with a 23-3 victory over Arizona State in the Aloha Bowl on Christmas Day.

Young also hopes to get the opportunity to display his basketball talents for Dave Odom's Demon Deacons. After watching the Deacons lose 75-61 to Duke on Saturday, the guard who averages 15 points a game for the Jackets says he feels confident about his chances on the hardwood.

"I think I can play with them," he said. "I watched them up close, and I feel like I can compete. I'll just have to wait and see because there's a lot I don't really know right now. I just know that I'm going to Wake Forest."

GEORGIA TECH: Georgia Tech got a big commitment Sunday when linebacker Hobie Holiday committed to the Yellow Jackets over Georgia.

The 6-3, 227-pounder from Houston County High in Warner Robins, Ga., visited the Bulldogs over the weekend but, according to his coach, playing time was the difference.

"He felt like he had the opportunity to play a little quicker if he went to Tech," said Houston County coach and athletics director Doug Johnson. "(Yellow Jackets assistant) Ted Roof and (head coach) George O'Leary did a great job and really impressed him."

Oral commitments are non-binding until prospects sign letters-of-intent Feb. 2, national signing day. Staff writer Larry Williams contributed to this article.

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