Yasias Young: USF Walk-on Earns Football Scholarship

For three years as a walk-on for the University of South Florida football team, Yasias Young has been chasing his ambition.

He’s been working hard at his favorite sport. He has to pay for it because it is a full-time job.

USF has awarded him a scholarship, and his parents shared the exciting news with the squad via video announcement during a team meeting.

“You know everything rushed through my body, full of excitement, full of emotions and I was just blessed,” Young told Fox 13 Sports.

“Even if it wasn’t me. If it was somebody else. I would have been grateful. I would have been happy because a lot of people don’t understand how it is to be a walk-on. The sacrifices you have to make.”

Every year, a few walk-ons make it onto college football teams; some succeed, while others fail. Yasias is a perfect example of perseverance paying off.

“Everybody out there who is a walk-on that don’t think that it’s never going to come it’s all in God’s timing,” said Young. “Your opportunity will come.”


Coming out of high school Yasias had scholarship offers but passed on them to stay home and play for the Bulls.

He’s played in just three games under Jeff Scott, but now has a clean slate under Alex Golesh to continue to pursue his dream.

“Whenever the time comes you know my name or number gets called I’ll put it all out for the team and continue to be the best version of me, so that’s it.”

Yasias’ scholarship was gained via hard work and determination, and he has no plans to modify his approach.

He is determined to help turn around the Bulls program with his remaining three years of eligibility.

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