With his Iowa State official visit complete, Sacramento (Calif.) forward Solomon Young is now closing in on the end of his recruitment.
The 6-foot-6 forward stopped in Ames from Friday through Sunday and told AllCyclones.com following his trip that his decision is now just days away. Young will consider Iowa State, Nevada and USF and will make his decision soon.
“No later than after next weekend,” Young said of his commitment timeline. “I’m planning to make a decision this week.”
Iowa State assistant T.J. Otzelberger, who recruited Young to Washington and continued his interest after returning to Iowa State, is the lead recruiter on Young. Washington and USC previously offered Young, although both schools have since cooled their interest.
Now, he’s narrowed his list to three.
Young, who is somewhat undersized at the four, is versatile and able to play both the small forward and power forward positions. He shows an ability to make plays under the basket while also possessing an ability to hit jumpers outside.
Iowa State coach Steve Prohm talked about his vision for Young during his weekend stop in Ames, in which he worked out for coaches.
“He told me that they really want a guy like me for the position that they’re losing, [Georges] Niang, the forward,” Young said of Prohm. “So they’re looking for a guy like me to take the position as an incoming freshman next year. He told me the position he wants to play me is like the four. I’ll have the freedom to shoot, bring it out, versatile [player] that can back a defender down or bring it out to shoot. Kind of like 3 [or] 4-type player.”
Iowa State, with six open scholarships for the 2016 class, is searching for multiple forwards in the class and is also targeting Kansas City forward Jeriah Horne, who is thought to be a key target and who could compliment Young.
Young enjoyed his visit, but wasn’t ready to make a decision quite yet.
“I got a lot out of it. I got to see the campus, the facilities, I talked to the coaches and everybody,” Young said. “Right now I really enjoyed my time, I really liked what they’re telling me. I don’t see myself doing anything more than after this week. As of right now I’m open with my recruitment.”
Young’s week, he said, will play out in one of two ways: He will either make a decision during the week and end his recruitment or he will visit USF on Sept. 5 and make a decision by the end of the coming weekend.
As of now, his main obstacle is talking with his family.
“I’m looking to talk to my mom,” Young said. “I don’t need to really do too much of anything else, no more research or anything. I’ve got everything pretty down pat.”