Scotty Young enjoys huge junior season

When you throw for almost 4500 yards and 65 touchdowns in 13 games as a junior, you can expect to draw interest from college football recruiters. It is not surprising that pass-happy Texas Tech has taken note and already offered Denton Ryan signal caller Scotty Young. Burnt Orange Beat spoke to Young and his father to discuss his junior season, his offseason plans, and his recruitment.

Scotty Young, junior quarterback of Denton Ryan, had a year for the ages. He threw for 4,495 yards and 65 TD's in just 13 games this year, which are two touchdowns short of Graham Harrell's state record of 67. Young accomplished his touchdown totals in less ball games than Harrell, because Ryan lost to Wolfforth Frenship 38-35 in the Class 4A Division I Region I semifinals.

Those big numbers might be tough to duplicate next year as Denton Ryan loses quite a few players to graduation including leading receiver D.J. Beshears. But the state passing record was not one of Young's preseason goals.

"Coming into the season, the record was not a goal. Once the season went on, it would have been cool, but no, it was not a goal," said Scotty Young. "We are losing a lot of seniors so I hope the guys can step up and put up big numbers next year," Young added.

Young (6-3, 190), long considered as much a baseball prospect as a football prospect, has started to focus more on football which is good news for Denton Ryan head coach Joey Florence. It is also good news for college football recruiters.

Texas Tech has already offered Young. Texas Tech assistant Lincoln Riley speaks with Young frequently. In addition, several other schools have made the pilgrimage to Denton.

"Notre Dame coaches were by the school the other day. Nebraska running back coach Tim Beck came in for a practice," Young said.

In addition, Young's dad, Jeff, said, "Coach Florence said that (Texas) Coach Davis will be at the school in January to evaluate Scotty."

Young says he has played less and less baseball each season he has been in high school. In fact, it is possible that Young does not play baseball this summer to focus on his senior season on the gridiron. For now, Young is focused on his offseason training.

"I want to gain some weight and work on my speed since we lose some of our offensive lineman," Scotty said of his training plans. Young also added that he expects to make several college camps during the summer although no firm plans are in place.


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