D.J. Young Defensive Tackle and Tight End

Head Coach Ron Zook will not stop, he's getting the Illini name out their with recruits.

Every year it seems like we come across senior prospects that just aren't getting the attention that they deserve. There could be several reasons why a prospect isn't getting recruited but film doesn't lie and we feel we've found a prospect in Michigan who deserves more attention.

D.J. Young, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound, defensive tackle and tight end, from Sexton High in Lansing, looks dominant on film. Young is a training table away from 290 pounds and he has very good feet and technique for a young man of his size.

What might be even more baffling is why there hasn't been any interest from Michigan State. Sexton is just down the road from State, D.J.'s father, Dwayne Young, played his college football for Michigan State and he also played professionally for the San Diego Chargers.

"D.J. is a very good football player," said Sexton coach, Dan Bogan. "D.J. is very dominant, he's been facing double teams all season and he has great feet. D.J. comes from good stock, with his dad playing at Michigan State and in the NFL. Several schools have offered."

We asked D.J. which schools were at the top of his wish list.

"I'm just mainly looking at the schools that have offered me," Young said. "Indiana, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, North Carolina, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.

"Purdue, Colorado and Illinois are also calling me on a weekly basis and I like those schools as well. I haven't set up any official visits yet."

Sexton has a 5-3 record on the season. D.J. Young has 50 solo tackles and five sacks on the season.

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