Dodge City C.C. (Kan.) redshirt sophomore safety Michael Young's first inkling that Iowa State might have interest came when he saw Cyclones assistant and recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh at a spring practice in late April.
Then came a message to validate that inclination.
“I talked to one of [the coaches] on Twitter and he told me earlier that I had big moves coming my way,” Young said. “Then Coach [Matt] Campbell had called me, so I was kind of expecting it because he told me I had big moves coming my way.”
Campbell’s phone call was accompanied by an offer.
“He told me he needs a good Big 12 safety to come in and he said he likes the way I move,” Young said of the initial conversation. “I was excited about it. I’m always excited to get another offer. It stands out. With me, I’m never satisfied with myself and I always want to be ready and just improve and get the next thing.”
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Young now holds offers from Iowa State, Boise State, Arkansas State and Troy while the likes of Syracuse, Arizona State, UCF and UAB have shown interest throughout the spring. The latest school to join that mix of interested programs is fellow Big 12 member Baylor.
Young, who redshirted his freshman season at Iowa Central C.C. transferred to Dodge City last year, appeared in all 12 games in 2015, recording 51 tackles and six pass breakups from the safety position. Young will sign with a school in December as a mid-year transfer with two years to play two.
While he has position versatility, Iowa State has thus far mostly talked about him playing the safety position in its 4-2-5 defensive scheme.
“I can play both. In high school I played cornerback. I didn’t really start playing safety a lot until I got to college. Cornerback is really easy to me," Young said. "I think most of [the schools] see me at safety because I played safety the entire season. I didn’t start playing cornerback for the team until the spring. I’m not sure [where I’ll play this fall], my coach doesn’t even know.”
Young has been working on visiting Iowa State this spring on an unofficial trip, but he hasn't had any luck making a trip work to date. He would eventually like to stop in Ames sometime before his season this fall, though no date has been set.
While he doesn’t have a clear timeline, he does have one key factor.
“Really I just want honesty from every coach that’s recruiting me, like if they’re looking for me to play. I know I’m going to come in and compete wherever I go and I like competing, but I just want honestly from any coach I talk to,” Young said. “I know how recruiting goes even though I didn’t get recruited [in high school]. Some coaches tell you what you want to hear. I just want to hear honestly from all of the coaches that are recruiting me.”