DITR: RB Aiden Young, Slidell High School (Slidell, LA)

Aiden Young shines as a brilliant and resilient player in the world of high school football. From Slidell High School, Aiden has made a lasting impression on the sport by demonstrating not just his skill on the field but also his perseverance and commitment to the success of his team.

Aiden is a formidable presence on the gridiron at 5’7″ and 165 pounds. His long-standing passion for football is demonstrated by more than ten years of experience. However, it’s not simply his physical characteristics that make him stand out—what really characterizes his gaming is his versatility and persistent dedication to perfection.

Aiden’s versatility is one of his best qualities. He possesses the agility, speed, and strategic thinking of a running back, which enables him to quickly adjust to different places on the field based on the demands of the team. However, what really makes him stand out is his commitment to constant progress. Aiden has improved his abilities over the years, concentrating especially on ball security and backfield protection. Recognizing that every turnover costs the team a potential advantage, he works relentlessly to limit them. He understands the critical role that ball security plays in determining game outcomes.

Being a member of the Slidell High School football team means more to Aiden than just playing football; it’s a way for him to form lifetime friendships and bonds with teammates. It’s evidence of the relationships formed on the field, the achievements shared, and the challenges faced as a team. Football has given Aiden a platform to display his skills as well as a community of his own. 

Aiden Young is a testament to his tenacity, fortitude, and everlasting love for the game he plays. Aiden Young will undoubtedly have a successful career in football.

How did you get started in football, and what inspired you to play the sport?

I started playing football when I was younger in peewee football. I was never into soccer or baseball like the other kids. My dad was a big inspiration on me and made sure I did everything from junior high and up until now in high school.

Can you share a memorable moment or game that stands out in your football career so far?

It was my junior season and I did not get any playing time but I did not let that get to my head. The last play of the game they put me in and I scored my first varsity touchdown.

What positions do you enjoy playing the most, and why?

As of now I play running back but I also love to play linebacker because you get to be the one to hit the other team.

How do you balance schoolwork and football during the season?

I am a student first so I always put my school work before football. I equally balance out school and football.

What aspects of your game do you feel you have improved upon the most since you started playing?

I have improved a lot on ball security and protection in the back field for the quarterback. Ball security is the most important aspect to win games because if you turn the ball over the other team has an extra chance to score and win.

What are your individual goals for the upcoming football season?

To be an all state running back and to have 2500 rushing yard season to help my team get to state.

Are there any professional football players you look up to, and if so, why? 

I like to model my game after Jahmyr Gibbs. I love his balance and the way he is an extra receiver out of the backfield.

How do you stay motivated during practices and training sessions, especially when facing tough drills or exercises?

I stay motivated by sticking to the goal of helping my team get to state and win it all. My biggest motivation through training is beating our rival, Northshore.

What advice would you give to other young players? 

Make every day count because it goes by way to fast and you think you have a lot of time but it goes by fast.

Aside from football, what is an interesting fact about you? 

I like to dress nice and I have a certain swag type of style about me that I like to have on and off the field.

Which college would you most like to play for? 

I would like to play for LSU because I am from Louisiana but I have a deep love for the Oregon ducks.

What are your biggest strengths on the field? 

Agility with quick jukes with a lot of speed. I can catch the ball out of the back field and make people miss.

What is the biggest challenge you face on the field? 

The biggest challenge is being my own critic, even when I have a good game.

How has playing football impacted other areas of your life, such as academics and personal life?

Football has impacted my life by showing me how to have mental toughness and being able to get through adversity better then other people maybe could.