DaVonte Young rushed for about 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns as a freshman but after transferring schools the former Irvine, Calif., running back had to sit out his sophomore season.
Young, a 5-foot-8, 190-pound prospect is now at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and preparing for a big junior season. With four-star wide receiver Bryce Treggs, Arizona center commit Beau Boyster and others on his team, Young is excited about getting even more recruiting exposure.
"I'm stoked," Young said. "I'm excited. Missing out on the year was tough and football is what I love to do. I love to be out on the field helping my team, being in the moment and helping all the linemen out. I love being a team player.
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"It's going to help me out a ton being (at St. John Bosco). It's cool to have other guys who can get it done other than myself. Our receivers, our quarterback, we even have backup running backs who are just as good."
Young was a recent standout at the Dana Hills Air Strike Passing Tournament and the Big Man on Campus Under The Lights 7-on-7 Tournament, proving to be one of the top underclassmen running backs in Southern California.
Washington, Miami, Oregon, USC, UCLA and others are already showing interest in Young, who said he's open to all programs and more focused on his upcoming junior season. Missing out on last year has gotten him focused even more for the upcoming campaign.
"That gave me the motivation to work harder so when I do come back I'm even more ready," he said said.
Young is a shifty and super athletic running back who can run between the tackles and also split out and be a threat in the passing game. His versatility plus his outstanding freshman season has already put him on the recruiting radar of Pac-10 teams.
It's still early but Young said an offer from Oregon would be tough to turn down. The Ducks have always been his favorite.
"I like the Pac-10," Young said. "Oregon is my favorite school. I'm a Ducks fan. I love that offense, love their jerseys. You just have to love them."