Young on Wisconsin's Radar

Young on Wisconsin's Radar

Having already won a state championship, Monona Grove junior tailback Toren Young's next goal is to earn scholarship offers, especially one from the University of Wisconsin.

It's still early in Toren Young's recruitment, but it's not a stretch to say he could be one of the top players in the state of Wisconsin in the 2016 class by the end of it.

Young doesn't hold an offer, but he's starting to receive mail from Nebraska, Northern Iowa and Michigan State about their schools and camps. It is interest that was generated after he played a key role at running back for Monona Grove's Division 3 championship team - rushing for 1,143 yards on 175 carries and 11 touchdowns in his sophomore season.

Young was eager to put his skill on display in front of first-year running back coach Thomas Brown during Wisconsin's one-day football camp over Father's Day weekend.

"The camp went well. I started off a little shaky due to my nerves, which I think was wanting to impress the Badgers coaches," Young told BadgerNation. "But as the camp went along I started to get into a rhythm and started to play my game.

"I enjoyed working with (Brown). He was a good instructor and he put us through some footwork drills, we worked on ball security and we ran routes among some other things. First reps I had some decent speed but as my confidence grew I started to get faster."

Although Young was happy with how he did during the drills portion, he was hoping for better times during the combine portion of the camp. Young reported times of 4.5 seconds in the shuttle, a 7.3 second in the L-cone drill and a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash.

"I know I can do better then those times," Young said. "I don't know if it was due to my nerves or if my form was off when I did those drills. I know in the 40-yard dash I've ran a 4.67, which was hand timed, so I know that's not my normal 40 time."

Although Young didn't have a chance to sit down with Brown during the camp, he made it a point to pull Brown aside to have him assess his camp performance.

"Once the camp was done I approached him to see what he liked about my game and what I could improve on," Young said. "He pretty much told me to keep control and keep everything tight while staying quick at the same time. He also said that he likes how physical I am as a back and those are the players who have success in college. That's what he's looking for."

Wisconsin has been the only camp Young has attended but he's considering attending the Minnesota or Western Illinois camp. If Young attends either of the camps, he'll enter with the same mentality as he did for Wisconsin.

"My main goal is to try and earn a camp offer," Young said. "If that doesn't happen then it's simply to get better and feel like I've improved my game as a running back."

Wisconsin has only extended an in-state offer to Hartland Arrowhead offensive lineman Ben Bredeson in the 2016 class.

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