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YCS seniors gaining attention

August 19, 2013
By MATTHEW PEASLEE - Tribune Chronicle ( , Underthelights

YOUNGSTOWN - Even though they've each dealt with huge levels of attention, Youngstown Christian's Tymere Dubose and Darien Townsend are at opposite ends of the recruiting spectrum.

Dubose is already committed to a Division I program and Townsend is vying for a Division I offer.

In April, Dubose - a 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive lineman - committed to the University of Kentucky over Michigan State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Akron. Ohio State, Oregon, Indiana, Cincinnati and Purdue showed interest, also.

Townsend has recently competed in camps at Bowling Green, Kent State and WVU.

"I can talk to Tymere about stuff and he can come to me," Townsend said. "There's a a lot going on with colleges and stuff and it's good to have somebody close to go through that process."

Dubose said Townsend has been an even greater source of support.

"Darien helps me keep a level-head," Dubose said. "He always tells me to stay humble. I want the best for him just like he wants the best for me. I always tell him that I need him and whatever school he ends up going to, they'll need him for sure."

As a junior, Townsend had nearly 600 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. He's a deadly kick returner with great quickness and agility.

"He's a playmaker," Youngstown Christian coach Brian Marrow said.

The only glitch is his time in the 40-yard dash. An assistant coach from the Southeastern Conference said the norm for a receiver at those programs is a 4.3 or a 4.4. Townsend has been clocked at 4.8.

"That coach said if he was coaching at his old school (in the Big 12)," Marrow said, "he'd seriously take him right away."

National recruiting sites have lauded Townsend's performance at the West Virginia camp and more schools, like Youngstown State, are increasing their interest each day.

"I'll worry about it all when the season's over," Townsend said.

Townsend, at 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, is undersized, but versatile. He's a little short, but long on leadership.

"Anywhere he plays he makes an impact on the team," Marrow said. "When he lines up, he lights guys up. He's like a little coach on the sidelines, too."

In middle school, Dubose gave up football to focus on basketball. He didn't play football again until his sophomore year. At his size, though, it was hard for him to stay away for that long.

"I had a lot of people trying to get me to play all the time and I'm glad I finally did," Dubose said. "I've improved so much on my stance, quickness and strength. I'm ready for the next level but I'm more ready to win a state championship for my senior year."

While choosing the Wildcats was fairly easy ("I just loved the weight room," he said), it helped the Big Blue to have some family ties.

Marrow's younger brother, Vince, is an assistant coach at Kentucky. The head coach, Mark Stoops, is a Youngstown native too. They're both Cardinal Mooney graduates.

Dubose and Townsend each participated in the NFL's High School Player Development national tournament over the summer. The tournament included different football drills and 7-on-7 games. The camp was held in Berea and the teammates represented the Cleveland Browns.

In addition to football instruction, they learned valuable lessons about NCAA compliance, social media rules and concussion awareness.

"It was a great experience," Dubose said.



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