Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young excited about new USC offensive coordinator

SANTA ANA – A smile quickly flashed across Bryce Young’s face when the subject came up Tuesday.

“Great news,” Mater Dei’s USC-committed quarterback said of the Trojans’ reported hiring of former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury as offensive coordinator.

Young, a junior who helps lead Mater Dei into Saturday’s CIF State Open Division championship against De La Salle, said Kingsbury was the first coach to offer him a scholarship.

Young received the offer as an eighth grader while Kingsbury was the head coach at Texas Tech. Young committed to USC last summer.

“Coach Kingsbury was the first coach to recruit me. He gave me my very first (scholarship) offer,” Young said. “I’m pretty well-versed in his system. I’ve been in a room with him and talked offense before. I’m excited about it.”

Young described Kingsbury’s offense as versatile, progressive and capable of an “air raid” attack.

“He’s just really versatile and he’s just a great offensive mind,” Young said of Kingsbury, who has coached NFL quarterback such as Patrick Mahomes and Case Keenum.

“The opportunities he puts the quarterback in is something I’m really looking forward to when I get there.”

Young’s main focus this week is preparing for De La Salle’s defense, which is holding teams to 9.5 points per game. The state championship game kicks off Saturday at Cerritos College at 8 p.m.

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