By Jalisa Bannerman
Shavar Young, a three-sport athlete, is already looking forward to another successful football season, fueled by his speed and strength development.
The 2026 4-star of Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) has been named as a receiver for The Tennessean’s All-Midstate Large Class teams for the 2023 high school football season.
Young transferred to Brentwood Academy from Knoxville Webb for his sophomore year and finished with 84 receptions for 1,130 yards and eight touchdowns. Standing at 6 feet and 175 pounds, the rising star shared his best game of the season, saying, “My best game this season was when I played Baylor. I had 100 receiving yards, a touchdown, and multiple pass breakups and tackles. I persevered through difficulty by telling myself that I would make this play and that I am the best player on the field.”
Before the season, Young set two goals for himself: “become a better teammate and push my teammates to improve. My other goal was to reach 1,000 receiving yards. I was able to accomplish both of these goals.”
Young is also a part of the National PlayMakers Academy (NPA) and has been involved with Supermax 100 for the last three years.
Supermax 100 is a nationwide program that provides academic coaching, life skills development, athletic training, mentoring, college visits, and 7v7 exposure to 100 of top athletes during the off-season. Many student-athletes pick up college offers during their college visits with the program.
With over 20 college offers, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Penn State, Purdue, and West Virginia are just a few of the universities that Young has received offers from. “I received my first college offer from EKU in 8th grade, and my most recent offer that I just picked up was Missouri.”
For Young, travel exposure maximizes his ability to perform well. “Some standout places that I have traveled to were Baltimore and Orlando. This exposure was important because I got to play on the biggest 7v7 circuit, OT7.”
Despite traveling on weekends to compete, Young and the rest of his team are held accountable for every inch of work required on and off the field.
“I balance being a student-athlete by using my time efficiently. I use my study halls to complete all my homework. I also try to complete all my assignments in class.”
Young is determined to use his confidence as a ladder in making big plays. “I always feel like I am the best player on the field. I know I will make that play when my team needs it.”
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