Since he arrived at the University of Alabama as the top quarterback prospect in the country, Bryce Young has been one of the most discussed and anticipated players the Crimson Tide has acquired in recent memory. Many fans and analysts believe he has the making of a great college quarterback, but there have been believers in Young since he was in high school.
Georgia quarterback J.T. Daniels, who was also a top quarterback prospect, was the starter at Mater Dei (Calif.) High School one year before Young joined the team. He’d known the talented dual threat signal caller before he’d been trending on Twitter and discussed his thoughts on Young during an interview at SEC Media Days.
“He’s a stud. He’s a star player,” Daniels said to the media on Tuesday. “When I had left Mater Dei and they got Bryce — I’d known Bryce since he was an eighth grader, I was a seventh grader. I knew back then that he was a special player. Honestly, when Mater Dei got him, I was excited. I told MaxPreps that he would be the best quarterback in the country by the time he was a junior in high school because I’d seen him play and I think he’s a really good player.
“I expect a lot of success for Bryce.”
During his freshman season with the Crimson Tide, Young’s playing time was scarce as he sat behind future first round pick Mac Jones. In his nine games in 2020, he completed 13 of 22 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown.
Young is expected to be the starting quarterback under new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, after having a stellar spring football season.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77