Gainesville (Fla.) High School wide receiver Kenric Young committed to Utah earlier this afternoon.…
Incoming Player Projections: Kenric Young
As you saw in the video, Kenric used his speed to just run by defenders in high school, as he was simply just faster than everyone else, and although he does have outstanding speed, speed alone won't make him successful at the college level. The biggest thing that Young will have to work on is his releases and route running. Gainesville High School was a run heavy offense, and so when the ball was thrown to Young, it was mostly on a fly route, where he took an outside release and just ran around the defender. That won't cut it in the PAC 12. He'll have to learn how to use his hands and feet in order to get inside and outside releases. The secondaries in the PAC 12 are fast and physical, and speed alone won't win battles against them. The best wide receiver in the PAC 12 last year was without a doubt, Brandin Cooks and Ute fans all know how fast he is. It wasn't just his speed that made Cooks great though. He was superb route runner, and was great at getting separation from the defender. That is something that most freshman receivers, including Young, will have to learn.
Prediction: Kenric Young will show up on campus as one of the fastest Utes on the team, but as mentioned above, his technique as a receiver just isn't quite at the level that is necessary to contribute as a true freshman. We fully expect Young to redshirt during the 2014 season.
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