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July 7, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Chris Young signs with Arizona Western

It’s been no secret that Chris Young, a highly-touted linebacker from Auburn High who signed with UW last February, likely wasn’t getting into Washington for academic reasons.
Official confirmation has come today with the word that Young, generally considered among the top five prospects in the state last year, has signed an official letter-of-intent to play at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz.
Here is the school’s list of signees (the letters were signed last week) and it also includes Darius Waters, who had earlier said he was heading to Arizona Western.
Arizona Western Sports Information Director Jim Howell said both Young and Waters are already on campus taking summer school classes.
Both players will have to earn degrees at Arizona Western to become eligible for a four-year school, a process that will take at least two years. Waters said he planned to play both seasons at Arizona Western. Young will likely do so, as well, though he has yet to speak publicly about his plans.
Waters said he then hopes to return to UW. Again, Young has yet to speak publicly about his plans so unclear if that’s what his goal us. However, each now becomes a recruitable athlete again, meaning there is nothing binding them to UW, and a lot can happen in two years to change the interest from either side.
Waters said that UW coaches encouraged him to go to Arizona Western, which has become a JC power quickly under third-year coach Tom Minnick, going 9-2 a year ago and finishing ranked seventh in the country.
Young and Waters will apparently be the only two non-qualifiers of the 30 players UW signed last February. Four enrolled prior to spring practice — QB Nick Montana, RBs Deontae Cooper and Jesse Callier and LB Victor Burnett. The rest are expected to enroll for UW’s LEAP program next week except for safety John Timu of Long Beach, who will delay enrollment to continue recovering from a knee injury.

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