Texas on Top for Young

Humble running back Donovonn Young is one of the more talented sophomores in the state of Texas. Despite battling a nagging ankle injury all season, the 5-11, 207-pounder still managed second team all-district honors as well as interest from the Texas Longhorns. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Young this week about his interests.

The running back position may be the deepest in Texas in the 2011 class. One of the talented ball carriers is Humble High's Donovonn Young. At 5-11 and 207 pounds of power, the sophomore may be the state's most powerful back while also possessing good feet and lateral ability for a big back.

Young, the cousin of former Texas A&M and NFL corner Sammy Davis, didn't produce the eye popping stats that other backs did due to an ankle injury that kept him out for four weeks and parts of two other games.

Young injured his ankle in a preseason scrimmage against Friendswood, missed the first two games of the season, received some much needed rest in the wake of Hurricane Ike with two games being cancelled that he wouldn't have suited up for before making his season debut in district play against Aldine.

With his carries limited and the ankle injury lingering, Young's sophomore campaign didn't go as planned.

"Well, at the beginning of the season, I had an ankle injury that messed me up," said Young. "I think I stretched a ligament or something. During the season we had two games and then missed two games because of the hurricane. By that time, I was ready to play football. Forget the pain and let's go is what I was thinking. I think that messed up my ankle more, but it didn't matter. They (coaches) eased me into it again. During the season, the most carries I had was 21. I didn't get a lot of the load and the ankle injury messed up my whole season. Every game, I was good at the beginning but then it would start bothering me."

Despite the injury that kept the talented runner from playing at near 100%, he was voted 19-5A second team all district rushing for 414 yards and five touchdowns in six district games.

Along with the accolades came the recruiting attention from colleges. Young is already being courted by several schools and recently took in the Texas spring game.

"I'm getting mail from a lot of schools like UCLA, Notre Dame, Clemson Oklahoma State, Arizona and Texas A&M. I went to the Texas spring game earlier this month. It was about me seeing my competition. That's basically what I was doing during the game, watching the competition. I want to go to UT, so it was nice that UT wanted me up there. I went with my teammates Trey Owens (2011 OLB) and Alfonso Harleston (2011 S)," Young said.

Young attended the Mack Brown football camp last summer and is hoping to do the same and then some this summer.

"I went to the Mack Brown football camp last summer and will probably again. Oklahoma State wants me to come up for their camp. I don't want to go out of state, but I would like to go check out Georgia and Florida if I could," Young said.

The Donovonn Young File

Aldine 6-33
Atascocita 6-39, 1 TD
Aldine Eisenhower 7-37
Kingwood 11-61, 1 TD
Aldine MacArthur 10-80
Aldine Nimitz 21-164, 1 TD
Houston Chavez 11-58, 2 TD's (playoff win)
Katy 11-35 (playoff loss)


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