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#FilmRoom1063: Taking a look at Seminole Ridge DB Jalen Young

May 08, 2014 -- 12:24pm

ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.


(Source: Nike)

Position: Defensive Back/Running Back
School: Seminole Ridge (Class of 2015)
Height: 5-11
Weight: 190
Top 5 Offers: Louisville, Miami, Minnesota, USF, Boston College
Note: Runs a 4.5 40-yard dash.

Where He Excels:
Jalen Young is a tough, physical, mean football player, but at the same time, he is a cerebral leader of the defense. Against the run, Young shows a good feel to string plays out and give support to the front seven. He does not just tackle, he explodes through ball carries and receivers. Keeps his pad level low and has great leg drive when making the tackle. His devastating hits will make a wideout think twice before coming over the middle. Has such a good feel for the game he is able to freelance and bait quarterback’s into throwing interceptions. Plus, closing speed and leaping ability gives Young the edge in any one-on-one situation with a receiver.  He plays faster than his timed speed and uses that speed, combined with his toughness, when carrying the ball as a running back on offense as well.

What To Work On:
Biggest problem I’m having is finding a flaw in his game. One thing I would advise Young is to make sure he stays within his coach’s scheme while freelancing on defense. Also, make sure your linebackers and other defensive backs are on the same page. When using that style of play, strong communication in the defensive backfield is the key to keeping the back seven playing on a string.

Kokell's Film Analysis:
The best way to describe Jalen Young is that he is a mix of Ed Reed and Jim Leonhard. Young plays so freely and with such confidence. I hate using this word but his game exudes “SWAG”. Young looks like the type of player that makes his teammates better every day in practice and wills his team to victory. I was so jacked up watching Young’s film that I had to contact an assistant coach at Seminole ridge. Justin Hilliker told me Jalen is so competitive that when his team was losing in the students vs. faculty kickball game “he started to get all over his teammates”. Now that is the kid you want leading your team out of the tunnel.



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Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail

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