Scout 100 Safety High on Penn State

Scout 100 safety Isheem Young has a few visits in mind, and the Philadelphia Imhotep standout breaks down where his recruitment stands.

Isheem Young is planning summer visits, and he will take official visits in the fall regardless of when he announces his commitment, but his trips to Penn State certainly puts the Nittany Lions in good standing.

Young, the No. 2 safety in the 2018 class, is yet to visit a lot of schools, but he is consistent in saying West VirginiaOhio State and Clemson are places he plans to get to. He also wants to check out Alabama and LSU, but it is clear the school he knows the best is Penn State.

His latest trip to Happy Valley was for the spring game, and it made quite an impression.

"It was very lit out there," the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Philadelphia Imhotep standout said. "It was exciting. I loved it out there. The fans, there were about 70K there, the coaches, the love ... it was a great out there."

There are a myriad of people recruiting Young to Penn State. 

Coach James Franklin and assistants Tim Banks and Terry Smith are in constant contact, as are a handful of players, including former teammate Shaka Toney.

"They don't just want me, like every other school. they need me," Young said. "That's pretty big. K.J. HamlerLamont Wade, Shaka Toney, Shareef MillerMarcus Allen all tell me to get over there and commit."

Young has been trying to visit West Virginia for months, but working out the logistics with travel proved difficult.

However, the Mountaineers continue to make Young a priority, and he is intrigued by defensive coordinator Tony Gibson's style of play in using five defensive backs in the base defense.

And there is a big reason he wants to visit so badly.

"It's the relationship with the coaches," he said. "When we talk, it's not just about football. They check up on me and they came to school."

Young, though, does not know much about the school.

"They tell me it's a big campus and I need to get down there," he said. "I want to see for myself what it is like."

Another strong contender is Ohio State, which is using coach Urban Meyer and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano to sell the Buckeyes' vision.

"Urban Meyer, that's my guy," Young said. "He hits me up every morning, every day. He just doesn't talk about football, either. He talks about life.

"It's coach Schiano, too. Coach Schiano hits me up every day to see how my day is going, how my workout is going."

Clemson is a bit of an unknown to Young, but he knows a trip to campus is important.

"A lot of people tell me about Clemson, but I don't know too much about it," he said. "That's why I want to get down there. It's the same thing about West Virginia."

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