"Pass Rushing Is His Strength"

BlueGoldNews.com talked with defensive coordinator Ashley Johnson about West Virginia verbal commitment Warren Young.

Johnson, who coached Young (6-3, 240) at Mary Montgomery High School in Semmes, Alabama, thinks the Mountaineers are getting an excellent pass rusher.

"Pass rushing is his strength. We played him on both offense and defense, but he'll be a defensive end in college. He's quick and gets off the ball well."

Young recorded ten sacks and "at least ten pass deflections" for Montgomery this season. Young's play helpd Montgomerry to a 9-2 record, their best in more than 30 seasons in football rich Alabama.

The pass deflection number is impressive, as that's a facet of play that has been lacking on the WVU defensive front in recent seasons. Johnson attributes that skill to Young's excellent hands.

"He has great hands. He could probably be a tight end if he wanted to. He played a lot on offense for us this year, and he used his hands very well."

Young's run defense is one area that needs work. He overpowered most of the foes that he faced this year, but when he goes up against bigger and stronger opponents, he'll need to work on his techniques. Facing up man to man against opponents and shedding blocks is a prime skill that defensive linemen must master, and it's in this aread that Young needs the most work.

However, Young's excellent hands play into this area as well. While he is still raw, hand work in fighting off blockers is a key ingredient, and Johnson believes that this trait will help Young learn quickly.

Young's personality and intelligence also stand out to Johnson, who thinks that his defensive end will improve quickly.

"He just has outstanding character, and he won't give anyone any trouble," Johnson said. "He has the ability to learn, and he's very coachable. His grades are good. We're excited to watch him and see how he does at West Virginia."

Young was recruited by WVU offensive line coach Rick Trickett, who handles Alabama for the Mountaineers. Montgomery High School is Trickett's alma mater, so his familiarity with the region and the school didn't hurt during the recruiting process.

"Rick does a great job of recruiting this area," Johnson said. "He relates well to the players, the coaches, and the families. In fact, I sometimes wonder how he gets anything done up at West Virginia, because he's always down here visiting or scouting."

We'll have more on WVU's latest round of verbals, including Brandon Douglas, Jay Henry, and Krys Williams soon.

BlueGoldNews Top Stories