Badgers Touch Base with Young

Wisconsin running back coach Thomas Brown continues to mine the state of Georgia for talent, and is hoping to get one under-the-radar athlete - Waynesboro (GA) Burke County junior Donqual Young - up to camp this summer.

Junior Donqual Young is a do-it-all-type player, but is the kind of athlete college programs know little about. Young plays at Waynesboro (GA) Burke County, a little town of under 6,000 that is near the South Carolina border and hours away from any major Georgia city.

As a result, Young doesn't get many eyes on him, which is why he is still is looking for that first scholarship and doesn't get many pieces of mail sent his way.

"My recruitment is now getting into the flow," Young told BadgerNation. "I play football in a small town and most recruiters don't come watch my team until the playoffs. I have great film, but still haven't received my first offer yet. I'm just being patient and waiting. I've been to the NFTC camp in Atlanta, where I competed against the best of the best. I'm still under the radar."

Young has had limited contact with Illinois, Florida Atlantic, Georgia, Princeton and South Florida, so the 5-9, 170-pound athlete was understandable excited when Wisconsin running back coach Thomas Brown reached out to him last week to gauge his interest in the program.

"Coach Brown wants me to come to camp in the summer," said Young. "He did talk about offering, but he wants to see me in person so he can evaluate me more. This was my first contact with Wisconsin and I'm very interested in going there. I like their football program. I really like the enthusiasm the coaches and players bring onto the field. Everybody has that mindset of winning ballgames and having fun out on the field. That championship mentality is what they all have and I know I could fit right in with them."

A physical tackler at cornerback and a balanced running back, Young feels he has the game to be a factor at the division 1 level no matter what side of the ball a school recruits him at.

"I like getting two or four tough yards," said Young. I'm willing to go get them and whenever I break a run, it's usually a touchdown. I'm slippery when it comes down to tackling me. One minute you got me, then the next I'm bursting out the pile and gaining extra yards. My feet never stop running.

"I love playing man to man coverage. Just me being on a island by myself allows me to simply play my style. I also have great pursuit speed and I get to the ball no matter where it's at."

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