First off I’d like to give praise glory and honor to my Lord and savior Jesus Christ for blessing me with this interview

James Young II | McKendree University | Defensive Back
Twitter: CampaignJYoung
Instagram: districtyoung

Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose McKendree University?

A: Well I had a scholarship to go to Indiana State University out of high school but I ended up going juco at Iowa Central Community College. Had multiple D1-D2 offers after juco and I chose Iowa State. I was there for about a month and due to some personal issues I had to leave and come back home and at the last minute I was blessed to attend McKendree University a division 2 school located in Lebanon IL.

Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?

A: Seeing myself grow, the player I am now is a completely different player I was my freshman year. I noticed how much better I got, how stronger and bigger I got, how my confidence went up, and how much faster I got. Just witnessing how much better I got every year is a great accomplishment. I haven’t even hit my prime yet.

Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at McKendree University.

A: Well one of the greatest coaches to coach me was my defensive back coach, Coach Harrison, and he really taught me a lot about being a great DB and a lot of life lessons I will remember for the rest of my life. He always use to tell us “if you go inside you better win” and that saying meant a lot to us.

Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football didn’t work out?

A: I majored in sociology with a minor in psychology and if football didn’t work out I want to go to Law School and become an attorney.

Q: What would your teammates say about you and your qualities?

A: Probably the level of confidence I have and how I keep the energy of the team up. I know for a fact the person lining up across from me isn’t better than me so I’m going dominate whoever it is whether it’s a WR or RB. I always use to tell the defense “turn that juice up”, or I’m running around yelling in practice to keep everybody hyped. So that made the energy not only  of the defense high but the whole team high and made us play at high level.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?

A: My biggest challenge was the amount of people that doubted me. When I started playing football I was never the biggest person on the field so a lot people doubted me telling me “I’m too small” or “I’m not fast enough” and I never let that get me down it just added fuel to the flam. I had to prove people wrong all my life. A lot people, even coaches, doubted me and told me I couldn’t do this or I couldn’t do that and all that does is make me go harder. I have something to prove, I go so hard in everything I do because people doubt it, I love proving people wrong.

Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?

A: My speed, my level of confidence and work ethic. Not being a top prospect in the draft convinces me that I have to work twice as hard as those who are. I have to do way more because the odds are already against me. I have to get more reps, I have run more sprints because I’m already not in the position as most guys. I know my speed can play a key factor on any professional team, I’m a 4.4 – 4.3 type of guy. I believe I’m the best corner in D2 football, not trying to be cocky I’m just confident.

Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?

A: Both of my parents, I was blessed to have both of my parents in my life and they always made me a better person. From improving my relationship with God to staying out of trouble, they really showed me how to work hard and how to work for everything in life, nothing will be given.

Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?

A: Every first Friday of every month, my church takes a bus to downtown Chicago and we feed the homeless. I was apart of that until I had to go back to school.

Q: How are you preparing for the 2019 National Scouting Combine and what were your expectations?

A: I train with the best trainer in the south suburbs of Chicago (Coach Lacey) Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, working non stop on quickness, agility and speed. I also lift weights Thursday- Sunday, which benefits my strength and conditioning.

Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?

A: My ultimate achievement would be making a professional team roster, whether it be NFL, CFL, or AFL. I just want to show people that it doesn’t matter your size or what people say about it, if you put God first in your life he will guide your steps in whatever you want to do. I have a story to tell and I want to share it with the world.


The National Scouting Combine takes place in Indianapolis and is an exclusive “invite only” event that bridges the gap between athletes and professional teams across all levels. Utilizing advanced technology through strategic partnerships, we measure and assess each participants true athletic ability. Our proprietary algorithm produces a cumulative score based on accurate and digital testing. Equipped with this exclusive score and combine data, athletes can make the necessary training adjustments to define a realistic path for the future.


Combine Testing: 

Individual Position Drills

We will break up the players into their respective groups in order to perform individual drills. These drills will mirror what is done at the NFL Combine. Again, be sure to have the proper footwear available for these drills. we encourage wearing molded cleats for best traction & performance.

Event Schedule

  • Positions:             OL/DL/RB
  • Players Arrive: Sunday, March 7th, 2021
  • Check-in/Interviews: Sunday Afternoon @ Springhill Suites – 3:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Dinner: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Combine: Monday, March 8th, 2021 – 10:00am – 3:00pm


  • Positions:             QB/LB/DB
  • Players Arrive: Monday, March 8th, 2021
  • Check-in/Interviews: Monday Afternoon @ Springhill Suites – 3:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Dinner: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Combine: Tuesday, March 9th, 2020 – 10:00am – 3:00pm


  • Positions: QB/TE/WR
  • Players Arrive: Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
  • Check-in/Interviews:  Tuesday Afternoon @ Springhill Suites – 3:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Dinner: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Combine: Wednesday, March 10th, 2020 – 10:00am – 3:00pm


  • Positions: KICKERS
  • Players Arrive: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
  • Check-in/Interviews: Wednesday Afternoon @ Springhill Suites – 3:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Dinner: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Combine: Thursday, March 11th, 2020 – 10:00am – 3:00pm

Combine Fee

  • $375 Combine Participation
  • $100 per night @ Springhill Suites (Hotel registration goes through the Grand Park facility)


Grand Park Events Center
19000 Grand Park Blvd,
Westfield, IN 46074

 Surface: Field Turf (We strongly suggest molded cleats) Make sure you bring anything you need specifically to perform.


Springhill Suites Indianapolis Westfield
19317 Westmore Ln,
Westfield, Indiana 46074 USA