Summer ball is finished and DaVonte Young, a 2013 running back who put up prolific numbers as a freshman but missed last season because of transfer rules, is thrilled to be getting back on the field.
Young, a 5-foot-8, 190-pound prospect who finished with about 1,600 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns as a freshman at Irvine, Calif., is now at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and cannot wait to get the season started.
"The summer is pretty much over but it's been going pretty good for me," Young said. "I finished pretty strong with the 7-on-7 passing leagues and now I'm just getting back into normal football stuff.
"I'm pretty excited. I'm ready to go. I was just watching the Servite-Mater Dei rerun from last year on television and it's pumping me up.
"I'm approaching this season as I have a role on the team and I'm going to complete that role as a running back and as a leader on the team. I want to bring intensity and I also want to show our players to never, ever give up."
SMU has already offered Young, who shined at the Dana Hills Air Strike Passing Tournament this summer and at numerous other events. He's had a few conversations with the Mustangs' coaching staff but hasn't delved too much into their program yet.
"My first scholarship offer came from SMU but other than that I've just been getting a lot of letters," Young said. "I think they're waiting to see what I bring to the table this year.
"I wouldn't say I've had a lot of talks with SMU but we've talked a little bit. We talk here and there. It's way too early. I'm going into my junior season, I have two years to decide and I'm going to wait it out."
Cal, Oregon, Washington, Miami, UCLA and USC are four other programs showing early interest in Young, who said he doesn't plan to make any commitment decisions any time soon. He recently said the Ducks are an early favorite in his recruitment.
He wants to play out this season, see where he stands going into his senior year and then figure things out from there.
"I want to see which colleges show interest and I don't want to lessen my opportunities by committing early because it is still really early for me," Young said.