Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 21, 2013

Former Brook Hill all-stater expected to make impact for Bullard

Young in Panthers' LB rotation says Wilson

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress


Bullard High School football fans could soon be enjoying the work of one of the area's top defensive players from 2012 as former Brook Hill linebacker Ryan Young (5-10, 230) made the switch to nearby Bullard High in the off season.

As a sophomore last year, Young led Brook Hill in tackles, racking up 102 stops.

His body of work was impressive enough to earn him TAPPS Division II All-State (second team) recognition last winter.

WIth the step up from TAPPS to UIL Class 3A, Young may be hard pressed to get near last year's numbers, but, nevertheless, Panther head coach Shannon Wilson likes what he sees from Young so far and fully expects him to contribute to the team right away.

"Ryan has a high motor an he works hard and those are two things I like in a football player," Wilson said. "We have a pretty tough conditioning program around here and he has been working hard in that area."

Regardless of Young's stellar accomplishments at Brook Hill, Wilson said that it is nearly impossible for any player to switch schools and pick up where he left off right out of the gate.

"Ryan has had to come in and learn our defense and that takes time for anyone to do, (but) he has been adjusting well," Wilson said. "He is already in our linebacker rotation. I definitely feel he can help us this year. He's a big strong kid."