Scout 100 safety Isheem Young

No. 1 safety Isheem Young talks Big Ten, SEC, ACC

Philadelphia Imhotep Scout 100 safety Isheem Young planning SEC, Big Ten, ACC visits.

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Isheem Young, the No. 1 safety on the 2018 class, made a visit to Maryland earlier this month, and is planning trips to Penn StateOhio StateFlorida State, West Virginia and Georgia. He added other schools are also on his lengthy list.

However, the Philadelphia Imhotep standout is still uncertain of dates for those visits, or when he will make his college choice.

"I want to get out to a lot of places," the 5-foot-11, 196-pound Young said. "I want to get to every school to see how it is. I want to see the atmosphere and learn about the academics, and learn more about each school.

"I thought I was going to decide before my senior season, but I might change my mind. Right now I just want to focus on my season."

Young's latest trip was to Maryland, where he caught up with a former Imhotep standout and friend.

"Maryland wanted me to come up there because I had a photo shoot (in the area), so I just shot over to Maryland after," Young said. "It was a great atmosphere. I liked it a lot. I was there and hung with D.J. Moore and he toured around the whole time with me.

"He's like my big brother. He loves it down there, and everybody loves him."

Young visited Maryland in the spring when his 7-on-7 team competed in the area, so he already knew about the program before the visit. But Moore did have a message.

"Great academics, from what I hear from D.J.," Young said.

Another place Young knows well but wants to return to is Penn State. 

Another former teammate, defensive end Shaka Toney, signed with Penn State in the 2016 class.

"We talk here and there," Young said. "He loves it up there."

The people Young talks to the most about Penn State are on the coaching staff. He said coach James Franklin, assistant coach and Philadelphia recruiter Josh Gattis and safeties coach Tim Banks are showing a ton of interest.

"We talk a lot," Young said. "I want to (build) the relationship with the coaches. They've been hitting me up a lot. They want me to come visit, and coach Franklin visits (Imhotep) a lot, so I want to return it and visit there."

Ohio State is also a visit destination for Young, who is building a strong relationship with associate head coach/defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.

"It's the same think as coach Franklin with Urban Meyer," Young said. "He made a visit to me, so I want to return the favor and see if it is as great as they say it is out there."

And the conversations with Schiano?

"He loves my game," Young said. "He loves how I come down and hit. He loves my game all around."

Young's latest offer came from Georgia, which has a built-in recruiting advantage with Young. Two of his friends, running back D'Andre Swift and receiver Mark Webb, are from the Philadelphia area and both signed with Georgia earlier this month.

"They've been talking to me about getting there for the spring game with them since last month," Young said. "After the state championship games (in mid December), they were saying they want me to come there for the spring game and see how great it is out there."

Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee spoke at length with Young on Monday.

"He was telling me I could play a big part in their defense," Young said. "He was saying I could play sideline to sideline. He said no matter what route they run, even if it's a fade route, I'm there."

Finally, another school on Young's visit list is Florida State, where one of his closest friends, Naseir Upshur, signed in the 2016 class.

"He loves it down there," Young said ."He's been telling me to come and visit since he first got there. He says it's like he's home. He doesn't get home sick or anything. It's like he's home. He has a good relationship with his coaches and they work."

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