Thanks, Steve. I tried to catch you with this yesterday. I would agree that the DL hits more of the ROM that gymnastic uses and I have favored going this way since the Barry Ross article.
Right now there is some opinion at our gym that TOPS does not train enough lower body strength which is why I think he has our girls back squat.
Currently my concern isn't with the boys program per say since I coach the girls and we have 3 who may have what it takes to go towards elite one day. Maybe twice as many that could go L10. Said coach did send a girl to UCLA and I'll have to tell you her passes because they are damn insane even though she tore her achilles (and is still going to UCLA).