ISU Lands Palomar Cornerback

Iowa State added a major piece to its 2010 defensive secondary when Palomar (CA) Community College cornerback Anthony Young committed during his official visit this weekend.

"I just loved everything about it," said Young. "I really got to hang out with the defensive backs and we just all clicked right away. My host was David Sims and we got along right away. They liked me and I liked them and I just can't wait to play with them."

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound cornerback is a spring recruit and will be back in Ames in about a month ready to start learning the system. "I'll be there on the (January) 8th and I'm just very excited and I really can't wait to get out there," said Young. "Getting to practice in the spring is going to allow me to get an upper hand on everything heading into the summer. I just want a chance to come in and start next year and this will allow me to do that. I'm also excited about getting to bond with my teammates."

The Iowa State coaching staff only started recruiting Anthony in the last month but according Young says things with Iowa State have gone really fast. "Coach Ash was the first to call me and then Coach Rhoads called me to tell me that they were interested," he said. "Then two of their assistant coaches came to my game against Fullerton and they loved what they saw out of me and so they told Coach Rhoads that they should offer me a scholarship and so that's when we set up the visit."

So what did the staff like so much about Young's game? "Coach Rhoads told me that they like my physical skills and that they feel that I'm a true cover cornerback. He likes my ball skills and how I can also come up support the run."

Young really enjoyed what he had to hear about Coach Rhoads and also liked getting to watch practice. "Every player that I talked to told me that Coach Rhoads is a player's coach," he said.

"They said he's old school and that he wants the whole team to be one unit and that the way he coaches makes the game a lot easier. I noticed that during the practice that I got to watch. I also hit off right away with Coach Ash. I think he can teach me a lot and he showed me some of the things that I will be doing. Getting to see practice really helped me understand what things will be like when I get there."

Anthony also had offers from Arizona State, Tulsa, Utah State, and Middle Tennessee State but in the end he couldn't pass up the opportunity to play his college football in the Big 12.

"I never thought this would happen because growing up in (Ontario) Califoria, I always hoped to one day play in the Pac-10," he said. "But this is a big step and I was just thinking about it on the plane and how I can't wait to take on teams like Texas and Oklahoma. It should be amazing."

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