Reggie Young had just three scholarship offers, which is three more than he could've expected to have six months ago.

If you had told Young he'd be one of the 12 players sitting at the always-full table of football signees at football powerhouse Edna Karr, this is the response he would have given you:

"I would have laughed in your face," Young said.

Chances are, you've never heard of Young.

When it comes to recruiting rankings, he doesn't have any stars beside his name.

In fact, if you try to find him on 247Sports, you'll find Reggie Young, the first baseman and pitcher, and not Reginald Young, the right tackle.

Young, you see, had never played varsity football before this past season.

And he had no desire to.

But when Karr offensive lineman Titus Jones broke his leg right before the season began, there was a 6-foot-5, 280-pound kid walking the hallways who was called upon for duty.

"They talked me into it somehow, and I'm so glad they did," Young said. "They tried to tell me how hard it was going to be, but I didn't really know until I got out there. It was definitely a challenge. It was tough, but I stuck with it and I'm here today."

Young signed with Northwestern State on Wednesday, just six months after putting on the pads for the first time just shortly after arriving at Karr.

Young spent most of his life living in Savannah, Georgia, the place he called home after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home in Metairie when he was 5 years old. He and his family moved to Houston for about a year after the storm before settling down in Georgia.

Dee Young, born and raised in New Orleans, decided to return to her hometown for her son's senior year.

Her son, afterall, had always dreamed of playing baseball at LSU.

"I guess that dream went out the window," Reggie Young Sr. said. "I guess God had another plan. We just didn't see it coming."

They still remember how surprised they were the day he came home and said he was going to play football.

"We looked at each other and said, 'What? You gotta be kidding?’ ” recalls Reggie Young Sr with a laugh. "We had spent all that money over the years in baseball, and now he finally wants to play football."

Young had played baseball since he was 5. His dad, "Big Reggie," was his coach most of his life. He played travel ball and zoomed all over the southeast playing it.

Karr coach Donnie Russell — who has video on his cell phone of Young blasting baseballs during his days in Georgia — wouldn't be surprised if Young hears his name called in the Major League draft this summer.

But baseball may have a hard time luring him away now.

"I love football now," Young said. "It definitely gives me a feeling that I have never felt before."

He started at right tackle in the Cougars' season opener and stayed in the starting lineup all the way to the end, helping Karr claim its second straight Class 4A state championship.

"We ran behind him and the rest of the line all the way to the state championship," Karr offensive line coach Chris Degiovanni said. "If you watch the film of his first game against St. Paul's and look at the last game, you will see two totally different players. His growth really showed the time he put in. By Week 15, he looked like a Division I lineman."

Young also had offers from Prairie View and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Colorado State wanted him as a preferred walk-on.

His work in the classroom is just as impressive. He takes honors courses and sports a 4.4 grade-point average.

"He took his academics just as serious," Karr football coach Brice Brown said. "To have a kid so well-rounded and well-driven. We haven't seen a kid like that come through Karr in 13 years."

Young hasn't been at Karr long but already has memories that will surely last him a lifetime.

Signing day surely has to be at the top of the list.

Well, not quite.

"Signing day is nice," he said. "But it doesn't top that state championship. That was one of the best feelings in my life."

Follow Rod Walker on Twitter, @rwalkeradvocate.

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