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Coatesville’s Aaron Young switches fields, signs with Rutgers

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Coatesville’s dynamic senior running back Aaron Young, who led the Red Raiders to the state semifinals this past fall, made a surprise move on the first day of the early national signing period Wednesday, abandoning his commitment to Michigan State and signing a national letter of intent with Big Ten Conference rival Rutgers.

“When I started to really think about it, Rutgers felt more like home,” the 5-foot-9, 190-pound Young said on philly.com. “I was comfortable there, and they had been recruiting me for two years.”

It turned out to be a family move for Young, whose older brother Avery started at cornerback for the Scarlet Knights as a freshman this past season.

“I think my brother had a factor in what I did,” said Aaron Young. “I couldn’t see us being on opposite teams. We’re both excited that we’ll be back together on the same team.”

This season Young, who also returned kicks and played defensive back for the Red Raiders, rushed for 1,641 yards and 28 touchdowns as Coatesville won its second straight District 1-6A championship and rattled off 14 straight victories before falling to Harrisburg 27-24 in the state semis. Young tacked on 16 catches for 316 yards (19.8 ypc) and four more TDs in 2018.

“This is a better situation for me and my family,” said Aaron Young on philly.com. “My parents like that I’ll be playing closer to home.”

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