2015 signee profile: Dedrick Young

Early linebacker enrollee Dedrick Young could help the Huskers next season. Here is his Big Red Report profile.

OLB.) Dedrick Young

6-foot 1 / 214 pounds / Centennial high school (Peoria, AZ)

"I saw Young play multiple times this year and he is the kind of kid I want on my team. I don't often call players can't miss prospects, but I think Young is one. I firmly believe he could play on either side of the ball in college. As a RB, one person can't tackle him. He hits the hole hard, runs tough and can catch. Has the bulk to pass block as well. Young is a guy that can be an every down LB as well.”
- Jason Jewell, Scout.com

Senior honors: Scout.com Arizona D2 Player of the Year / 1st Team All Purpose Player

Senior stats (unofficial): Defense: 98 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 6 pass deflections, 9 QB hurries, 1 sack, 1 INT. Offense: 1,557 rushing yards, 19 TDs, 7.9 yards per carry.

The lowdown: Dedrick Young is an incredible athlete, who features unique physical attributes. He is the strongest player in his school’s history, a hurdler on the track team, and was a D-1 prospect on both sides of the football.

According to his Nike SPARQ testing numbers (4.58/40-yard and 4.25/shuttle), he would have had two top 10 finishes at last year’s NFL combine based on other linebacker scores.

Centennial High School is a D2 program in Arizona and finished the 2014 season 12-2, ranked No. 4 in the state. Young finished his career there with 3,703 rushing yards, 51 touchdowns, 210 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, and seven sacks.

Young’s recruitment started strong under former Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, taking an official visit in late September.

"The tunnel walk was really, really cool,” said Young at the time. “It was great seeing the fans. You feel like you are part of the team. A few of the fans were yelling my name…I think that I liked the game atmosphere the most. Their crowd was always up on their feet and yelling. I really liked how they used technology and how advanced they are in that area."

When Pelini was fired and Young was still playing the recruiting game, some felt the Huskers’ chances were out the window. It wasn’t the case. There was already an established relationship with new head coach Mike Riley and the Oregon State staff before the change. Young didn’t have to start with a totally clean slate. He committed to the Huskers on Dec. 15, picking Nebraska over Arizona and Michigan State.

"Even before the coaching change, I was thinking of committing to Nebraska. I was a little nervous when Coach Pelini was let go, I just needed to see who they brought in," Young said at the time of his commitment.

An early enrollee, Young will definitely benefit from the extra 15 practices. He is very athletic, increases team speed on the outside, and provides needed depth to a thin spot.

Why Nebraska: "I chose Nebraska because of the academics but also mainly because I just feel like I fit in there."

Who else: Arizona, Michigan State, Arizona State, UCLA, and Washington.

Who recruited him: Trent Bray.

Scout.com rating: 3-star player (No. 39 OLB in the country)

BRR projection: Expect Young to not redshirt. If nothing else he could make a big impact on special teams immediately. Being an early enrollee will give him a great opportunity to see time on the field year one at outside linebacker. It is a thin spot and his athleticism will be hard to keep off the field. We expect Young to be a three-year starter.

*** Posted by Josh Harvey ***

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