Posted: 10:16 pm Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Father of Palm Beach Gardens OL Avery Young discusses Randy Shannon firing 

By Jeff Greer

Willie Young, the father of Palm Beach Gardens offensive lineman and super recruit Avery Young, said Sunday night that he and Avery had spoken about Miami’s firing of Randy Shannon. But don’t expect the firing to have an immediate impact on Young’s recruitment.

Avery Young, who is projected to be one of the top prospects in the nation in the Class of 2012, receives anywhere from 15 to 25 pieces of recruiting mail a day. His 6-foot-6, 280-pound frame makes him a prime candidate for left tackle on a BCS team. But Willie Young said his son wants to avoid the recruiting buzz that usually surrounds a big-time prospect, so they only discussed Shannon’s dismissal in passing.

“(Recruiting has) been crazy,” Willie Young said, “but he doesn’t want to get into all that stuff. He isn’t worrying about any school until his senior year.”

Young has already received verbal scholarship offers from Alabama, Miami and Florida State, among others. But his desire to avoid all the mayhem that comes with the feverish, gossip-filled recruiting process probably means Miami has time to recover from its coaching change.

Young’s coach at Palm Beach Gardens, Chris Davis, was a fan of Shannon’s. Davis liked the way Shannon fixed Miami’s image and called him a first-class guy. Needless to say Davis was disappointed with Shannon’s dismissal, but he said he hadn’t spoken with Young about the coaching change yet.

“We weren’t surprised,” Willie Young said, “but I have no idea (how it will affect Avery).”

Senior Dwyer tight end Nick O’Leary still lists Miami as a favorite despite Shannon’s firing. He included the Hurricanes with Alabama, FSU and LSU as the leaders for his services.