Donovonn Young's letter of intent has arrived
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Our take: Jason Ford will be the starter for the Illini in 2011. But the backup spots are wide open. Young was a productive senior who fell a bit under the recruiting radar because of an injury suffered as a junior. He’s motivated because of the lack of recruiting attention and has already started to bond with his offensive lineman. A good summer of work in C-U will set him up for a reserve role.
“Everything seemed to happen right with Illinois. Everything seemed to lead me to Illinois. Even though I didn’t have a lot of options, Illinois was the only one I needed.”
Favorite moment in football?
“In the fourth game of the season, we played our first district game. I rushed for 210 yards on 10 carries and I had a 60- or 70-yard kickoff return. That wasn’t my best game. But that was the game when I realized I could be something.”
Favorite football player, pro or college?
Big Ten team you most want to play against?
“Ohio State. It’s big-time football. If you want to be the best, you want to play the best. They’re the best in the Big Ten, so that’s who I want to compete against.”
College football playoff or BCS?
“Current BCS system. Change is good, but some things you don’t need to change.”
What’s your hidden talent?
“I can rap and sing and make up songs.”
Are you playing in the 2011 opener against Arkansas State?
“I wouldn’t know yet. I’ve got to go through summer training. When we play Arkansas State, you’ll see.”
What do you most need to improve before the start of the season?
“My speed and my agility. I just want to become a more overall back. I want to have more in the arsenal. It’s working hard.”