In-State DB Garnering Attention

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Travis Young has been a frequent visitor to Manhattan during his prep career at Derby (Kan.) High School. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound defensive back has sparked solid interest from Kansas State, as well as Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Kansas.

Although he hasn't yet received an initial offer, he's excited to show coaches this summer one thing they covet most in defensive backs, speed.

"I was at Kansas State's Spring Game a couple of weeks ago," said Young. "The weather was a little cold, but I liked being there. I talked with Blake Seiler, my recruiter. He wants me to come to camp this summer and I'm supposed to run the 40. All the schools looking at me want me to come run the 40 in person before they offer.

"I was able to spend some time with Coach Hays, who coaches the safeties. He was telling me he likes how I come down and fill gaps, that I can make a big hit, or get back in cover somebody. He said that my size wasn't bad but when I got there he'd like to see me add a couple of more pounds. They'd want my body more defined, more ripped with muscle mass."

Young has been a big contributor at Derby the past two seasons. As a sophomore he was an All-League selection in just six games. Young followed up that performance with a second straight All-League selection and second team All-State honors.

"Last summer I went to some camps down in Florida," he said. "There I worked on my planning, my backpedal, and filling the holes. I think I improved in all of those areas last season. In coverage i trusted and relied on my instincts. I started at strong safety and had four picks on the season one I returned for 60 yards."

There's also a future for Young on the baseball diamond if he wants it. He's the lead-off batter and second baseman for the Derby Panthers baseball team. Although he has a passion for both sports, Young thinks football is the likelier of the two to land him a scholarship.

"I'm getting some interest in baseball from Tulsa and Arkansas," Young said. "My coach told me wherever I go for football I should just walk-on for baseball.

"I'd like to be at a college with a great family atmosphere. The athletics are important but I also want to have time for school. I was talking to Kansas State about their tutoring program. If I end up going there, I'd like to study Grain Science. It's one of the few schools in the country to offer that program. If I go somewhere else I'd like to study Athletic Training."

Derby lost in the final minute by one point to Hutchinson in last years Kansas Class 6A semifinal. Young said the team should be one of the state's best again this year with nine returning starters on offense and five returning starters on defense for head coach Brandon Clark.


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