May 15, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Lauren Young, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker from Van, Texas, became the fifth and final volleyball player to sign a National Letter of Intent to play at FSU next season, it was announced today by Seminole head coach Todd Kress.
Young joins incoming freshmen Nichole Baker, Brianna Barry, Jackie BonSalle and Malorie Wessel to make up Kress’ largest recruiting class in his five-year tenure at Florida State.
“This could potentially be the best class to ever play volleyball at Florida State,” said Kress, who was responsible for developing back-to-back AVCA All-Americans the last two seasons. “All five of them were highly touted and sought after players. I think the overall incoming class will change the spectrum of FSU Volleyball.”
Young was a three-sport standout at Van High School (southeast of Dallas) where she excelled in volleyball, basketball and track. As a senior, she was named first team All-District 15-3A in both volleyball and basketball. Furthermore, Young garnered Van Zandt County Offensive Player of the Year distinctions (volleyball) and was tabbed an All-East Texas honorable mention selection in basketball by the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
“Lauren is an unbelievable athlete,” Kress commented, “and I look forward to watching her develop. She is someone that is capable of taking the middle blocker position to another level and she has the potential to be an elite player. Lauren is very physical and has a huge upside.”
Young enjoyed her most successful volleyball campaign as a junior (led by Coach Kim Beggs) where she was named first team all-state by the Texas High School Girls Coaches Association. She also picked up District 15-3A Outstanding Blocker, Van Zandt County Defensive Player of the Year, and Tyler Morning Telegraph first-team all-state honors.
During basketball season as a junior, Young was selected to the 15-3A first team All-District team and garnered All-East Texas honorable mention accolades. She was also a regional qualifier in triple and high jump as a junior.
“Lauren is an unbelievable athlete and I look forward to watching her develop. She is someone that is capable of taking the middle blocker position to another level and she has the potential to be an elite player. Lauren is very physical and has a huge upside.
– FSU head coach Todd Kress
The daughter of Trecia Young and Michael Nelson, Lauren competes with the Dallas Summit club volleyball team, under the direction of Coach Brett Ehle.
Away from athletics, Young has a knack for music as she participates in both the choir and band at Van High School. She also plays the piano for Prairie Creek CME Church.
Young plans to seek a degree in criminal justice.