Former Iowa football recruit Trevon Young has a scholarship waiting for him to be a Hawkeye again, but that wasn’t enough to entice him this time.
News broke late Monday night that Young, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end, had committed to Louisville over scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State and Ole Miss.
The former Des Moines Lincoln standout didn’t have as many BCS offers when he first committed to Iowa in June 2012. Young picked Iowa over an offer from Iowa State back then.
But after two brushes with the law, Iowa pulled Young’s scholarship. He enrolled at Iowa Western Community College where he earned all-conference recognition this past season as a freshman.
Young also convinced Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz that he was deserving of another chance. But unlike the first time when Young’s choices came down to Iowa and Iowa State, he had more options and that ultimately cost the Hawkeyes.
Young raved about his visit to Ole Miss last week, saying the Rebels were his leader at that point. However, that was before Young visited Louisville this past weekend. Young didn’t respond on Monday to a text message request for an interview.
Iowa currently has 17 players committed in the 2014 recruiting class, all of whom are high school seniors. Young is believed to be one of the few junior-college prospects that Iowa was actively recruiting.
Defensive end Torey Hendrick is another junior college prospect on Iowa’s radar. He was expected to visit Iowa City this past weekend, but had to cancel after learning that he was short one credit hour, according to HawkeyeInsider.com.
The 6-4, 230-pound Hendrick, who attends ASA College in New York City, said he still hopes to visit Iowa after he graduates from junior college in June.
“They said they were still going to stick with me, even though I’m not able to come out there now,” Hendrick said of the Iowa coaches to HawkeyeInsider.com. “They said they’re going to stay with me until I graduate in June.”
NCAA rules prohibit the Iowa coaches from commenting publicly about a specific recruit before the recruit has signed a national letter of intent.
EARLY IN-STATE OFFERS: At least three high school juniors from in-state are believed to have scholarship offers from Iowa, with one already having committed to the Hawkeyes. West Lyon offensive lineman Jake Newborg committed to Iowa on Aug. 31 and then helped lead his team to the Class A state title in November.
Twin brothers Landan and Levi Paulsen, who also play on the offensive line and are juniors at Woodbury Central, reportedly hold scholarship offers from Iowa and are close to committing.
Other juniors who appear to be on Iowa’s watch list include Cedar Rapids Prairie offensive lineman Bryce Meeker, West Des Moines Dowling quarterback Ryan Boyle, Regina quarterback Drew Cook, Murray linebacker/fullback Seth Nerness and Waukee running back Trevor Allen.
The 6-4, 225-pound Nerness reportedly has a scholarship offer from Iowa State.
VERY EARLY OFFER: The age of kids making verbal commitments is getting younger and younger as evidenced by Ohio State’s latest quarterback recruit.
Freshman Danny Clark might not have his first pimple yet, but he does have a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes. The 15-year old Massillon, Ohio native was offered a scholarship by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer on Friday and then committed on the spot.
Clark announced his commitment on Twitter and also took an early shot at rival Michigan, referring to the Wolverines as the school up north. Meyer often refers to Michigan as the school up north.
“I have been offered and committed to play for THE BUCKEYES. Fairy tales do come true…unless you’re from tsun (the school up north)!” Clark tweeted.
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