Dayton returns 11 starters off of last year's 13-2 team and welcomes back the underrated Chris Young, who missed last season. Young is a 6-4, 210 pound outside linebacker with legit 4.7 speed and a physical mentality.
Young, who is receiving interest from Arkansas, TCU, Texas (camped on the 14th), Oklahoma, Houston, and UTEP among others, is the vocal leader of a defense that is always one of the more physical units in the Houston area.
Young attended the SFA camp with teammate and defensive tackle Tony Hill (committed to SFA) and played receiver and tight end. He will be recruited as a defensive end/outside linebacker and is very strong natural with a lot of lower body explosiveness. A frame of 6-5 and 250 pounds in the future isn't out of the question.
Young says TCU and Texas stand out and is eagerly awaiting his first offer. By the end of the season, it will not be if he has an offer, but how many.
If Young isn't the most talented prospect on the Broncos in 2009, it will be sophomore running back Jakari Delasbour. At 5-9, and 190 pounds with 4.5 speed and a powerful lower body, the 2012 prospect has the chance to not only burst onto the scene in the Houston area, but also become one of the heavily recruited prospects in the area in his class.
Delsabour played sparingly on the varsity for part of the season as a freshman.
Fellow sophomore, receiver Gamal Fowler (5-10, 165) will be another difference maker on the offensive side. Fowler is a natural receiver that is quick off the line of scrimmage, understands separation, has very good hands and makes the position look smooth and easy.
The Broncos also got a boost when Crosby 2010 receiver Xavier Frank moved into Dayton. The 5-11, 180-pounder will play receiver and corner.
With the transfer of Frank and the return of Young, the Broncos have a pair of college prospects that don't even factor into the 11 starters returning.
Senior safety/receiver Payton Ploch and junior linebacker/guard Aaron Ripkowski are also likely two-way starters.
Chris Young Scouting Report
Young can really run. Throw forty times out the window, he has good quickness and can run sideline to sideline. He has long arms and quality hands. Young is a versatile athlete that could be recruited to play defensive end, outside linebacker or tight end. Because he plays the game with a physical mentality and looks to hit, playing with his hand on the ground in the future will not be an issue.
As a linebacker, Young is working to make a quicker first step downhill.