Young Hears Gillins' Recruiting Pitch

Less than 48 hours after committing to the University of Wisconsin, Jacksonville (FL) Jean Ribault quarterback D.J. Gillins is already recruiting for Wisconsin, as he reached out to Gainesville (Fl) three-star wide receiver Kenric Young, who has the Badgers in his top 15.

With 30 scholarship offers to choose from, the Gainesville (FL) High receiver Kenric Young is used to getting daily messages from schools constantly recruiting him, but the first message he got this morning was something unique.

"D.J. Gillins messaged me this morning about Wisconsin so we got to talk about it," Young told Badger Nation.

This is not the first time Jacksonville (FL) Ribault High quarterback D.J. Gillins has talked to Young about playing at Wisconsin. The message just had a little more meaning Wednesday morning after Gillins – a three-star quarterback – committed to the Badgers' football program Monday.

Now that Young has named a top 15 and said the Badgers are near the top, Gillins is getting more intense about the whole recruiting process.

"D.J. is getting really serious about it when he messages me about recruiting," said Young. "I think some of the other (Wisconsin) recruits will step out to talk to me with D.J. telling them about me so I feel like a couple more will start to come and try and get me."

A three-star receiver ranked No.101 in the country by Fox Sports Next, Young has known Gillins well before the recruiting messages starting popping into his inbox.

"He plays for River City Kings in Jacksonville and I play for Pro-Impact, the other Jacksonville team," said Young of the two players' 7-on-7 teams. "So we're kind of rivals, but he's a great quarterback and a cool person."

While the two are still rivals on the field, Young is already excited about the possibility of playing on the same side as Gillins, especially since the Badgers have yet to secure a verbal commitment from a quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class.

"I think we would be a good combination," said Young. "I see that he's a good quarterback, and it's just a friendly rivalry when we play against each other. There's no harsh words or anything like that, and it's all friendship after the game. I do think we would be a good duo together with him throwing me the ball."

The 6-2, 175 pound Young would be an ideal target for the incoming Gillins with the numbers to prove it. Young had 32 catches for 567 yards in his junior season to go along with seven touchdowns, helping his team almost go undefeated with a 14-1 record. Young is still training hard to make those numbers better for his senior season.

"Track helps me train for the season," said Young. "It keeps my endurance up and it keeps me in shape for the football season so I can play every down. I also do football workouts in the morning and track in the afternoon."

While Young is working hard to improve his game, coaches from all over the country are already impressed with what the receiver has accomplished, including Wisconsin's wide receivers coach Chris Beatty. Young and Beatty constantly message back and forth and Young calls him every two weeks.

"Coach Beatty and me connect, and it's kind of hard with me being from Florida coming up all the way to Wisconsin, but he knows how to recruit talent so he's been recruiting me hard," said Young, who said Beatty and other coaches have been talking to him over Facebook, sending mail and talking on the phone.

"He tells me everything that would be great for me at the school, and he lets me know how we would connect as a coach and player. We really connect every time we talk."

Young has only made visits to USF and Florida, and doesn't have any more visits planned before narrowing his list down from his current top 15 before the season.

"I haven't even thought about taking any visits this summer because I have track and that keeps me pretty busy especially with the traveling," said Young. "I'm really looking to name my five official visits. I want to make my decision either before the season or during the season so it should be kind of soon.

"I still really don't know where at the top of my list Wisconsin is at yet, but they're making a really good impression on me."

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