Texas A&M Football

30 Players in 30 Days: #30 — Erick Young

July 13, 2020
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Position: Safety
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Richmond, Texas
Listed Height: 6-1
Listed Weight: 205

Notes from Billy's breakdown on Young

  • I think we have him way too low. If you're starting at 30, he'll be one who moves way up.
  • He's a guy that has a real chance to start as a sophomore. People forget that he was one of the more highly ranked and highly regarded players on the roster in terms of recruiting. He was a five-star and the no. 6 player in the state. He chose A&M over Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC. He went to The Opening and was one of the defensive standouts as a corner. He has grown into a safety and looks exceptional there. He's going to play and play a lot. He has the potential to be a multi-year starter at safety.
  • As far as talent, Erick Young might be No. 2 on this roster at safety behind only Demani Richardson. He's just smaller than Demani, but probably just as talented. He has a chance to play.
     
  • He's a tough, physical kid who works really, really hard at this. He wants it badly. Erick is extremely competitive. He was upset last year when he started off hurt. He wanted to play so badly. His time is here.
     
  • He's going to be in that group of exceptional freshmen from a year ago. That was a great class with Baylor Cupp, Jalen Wydermyer, Kenyon Green, Isaiah Spiller and Ainias Smith. There is still more to come from that class, and Erick Young is one of them.
     
  • Young has a lot going for him. It'll be hard to predict how he plays without a spring. It'll also be hard to predict the guys like Demani Richardson, Leon O'Neal and so many others. There are going to be like five other guys in that defensive backfield that could be competing for a starting spot.
     
  • I would take similar production from Young that we got from Leon O'Neal. Demani is going to get twice as many reps as any other safety. He's going to be on the field for every down. After that, it's wide open. If Young gets that kind of production, it means he will be starting or getting most of the other reps.
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30 Players in 30 Days: #30 — Erick Young

3,501 Views | 7 Replies | Last: 1 mo ago by Spyderman
WoodlandsAg09
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Will Young compete for the nickel spot?
Agsuffering@bulaw
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While he probably has the tools, it does not appear likely.

Elko usually uses a CB who can cover, even if not much else. Elko also seems to prefer experience at NB. DCS in 18 was a Sr. Elam was a RSSr. Oliver was a Sr. Chattman will be a RSSr. Morris a RSJr.

NB probably does not best utilize Young's skills. Young is strong and can jam at the LOS. His top end speed is the question. The slot is usually off to avoid getting jammed. IF they wanted to keep Young at CB, outside would have made more sense.
Gabe Bock
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WoodlandsAg09 said:

Will Young compete for the nickel spot?
Billy says he's competing at the other safety spot opposite Demani.
AWP 97
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I know that the last few years we have played the experienced guys who couldn't quite get playing time anywhere else at NB. However, I think we will eventually start using that position for young guys who are waiting for their turn at other positions. We need to figure out how to get our 5 best DBs on the field and we are starting to recruit guys with position flexibility so that should help.
Agsuffering@bulaw
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Each DB plays a slightly different role.

NB requires good recognition skills which favors veterans. NB, especially how Elko uses them, does not require blazing speed or strong tackling ability.

BC and FC do not require as much recognition, but do require more physical ability. Great recognition will not save a CB who can see it coming, but is not strong enough to jam or fast enough to run with the WR.

Young is agile and strong. If he makes it as the other safety, it is far more value than just about any NB.
Spyderman
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