CLASS OF 2017: DANIEL YOUNG
Spring Westfield, RB (6-0, 210)
HOW DID HE GET HERE? Young committed to Tom Herman and will play for Herman, but in between there was a commitment to Houston, a decommitment to Houston and then a flip to Texas. He originally pledged to the Cougars in late September 2016. Herman left UH for Texas in late November and the Longhorns offered Young on Dec. 8; he decommitted from UH on Dec. 20 and pledged to Texas on Dec. 23.
STAR RATING: 3
RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 654th; Fab 55, not ranked; Position, 34th
MILES TO AUSTIN: 156
AT WESTFIELD: He began his high school career as a linebacker, not a running back, but made that move his junior season and produced more than 2,000 offensive yards his final two years. Westfield went 34-8 in his three years, including three district titles, one state semifinal and two state quarterfinal appearances in the Class 6A Division II field. He was a two-time all-district pick.
2014: 27 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 forced fumbles as a linebacker
2015: 726 yards, 8 TDs as a running back
2016: 1,290 yards, 19 TDs, 2 receiving TDs, 7.3 yards per carry
WHAT HE’S WALKING INTO: D’Onta Foreman is gone and there is some opportunity at running back for Young and fellow 2017 signee Toneil Carter. Chris Warren III is the assumed starter, but behind him? Warren, Kyle Porter, Tristian Houston, Kirk Johnson and Roderick Bernard all were injured for spring football; Carter, an early enrollee, was the only scholarship running back on the field for Texas’ Orange-White scrimmage.
THEY SAID IT: “That’s the real RBU, the greatest RBU of all time. It’s just crazy knowing that I’m fitting to join that group of backs. It’s a blessing.” — Daniel Young, on Texas’ running back tradition
DID YOU KNOW?
- In one three-game stretch near the end of the 2016 regular season, Young rushed for 486 yards and six touchdowns on only 18 total carries against Aldine MacArthur, Aldine Nimitz and Aldine, averaging 27.0 yards per carry — four carries for 118 yards and two TDs vs. MacArthur, six carries for 219 yards and a TD against Nimitz, and eight carries for 149 yards and three TDs vs. Aldine.
- Does Young see himself as a power back, or does he expect to rely on his speed? “I would describe myself as very versatile,” he said. “I feel like I can do it all.”
- Young hopes to one day be a health teacher or a coach. He has participated in the Texas Association of Future Educators program, which encourages students to return to teach in the Spring school district.
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