The 90 Illini #13: Donovonn Young August 19, 2012
6′-0″, 220 lbs.
Sophomore (on scholarship, 4 years to play 3)
Katy HS / Houston, Texas
ALE Ranking last year: #71
What I Know About Him:
Man, that #71 last year hurts. I was all “he’d be at Texas State if we hadn’t offered” and “his film is impressive BUT” and figured Jason Ford would get all the carries. Wrong all over the place.
Now, well, I’m probably still ranking him too low. I’ll say this – if Paul Petrino was still the offensive coordinator, I might put Young in the top 5. Because I think we’d use him like Mikel – find a fullback to clear some space and power him to more than 1,000 yards. Now? Well, on the Illini BTN preview last night, Chris Beatty said we’d have a “hybrid West Virginia/Florida offense”. I don’t see any power backs in any of those offenses. And I don’t see us recruiting or offering any power backs. So what does that mean for the power back on our roster?
What I Expect From Him:
I expect him to make me look silly for the second year in a row. I expect to be sitting at the Louisiana Tech game, watching his second touchdown put him over the 1,000 yard mark for the 2nd straight game, and asking myself why I only had him at #13 in The 90 Illini.
As Tim Beckman said on the BTN preview, as of right how, he’s recruited one class (and had six weeks to do such) in building the roster the way he wants to set it up. So the next few years, according to Beckman, will be all about fitting his schemes to the players he has on the roster. For Young, I’d say that means putting together packages for a power back. Rashard-like spread packages. Josh Ferguson does most of the West Virginia/Florida “getting the ball out in space” stuff, and Donovonn simply runs people over. As it should be.