Trevon Young has received a lot of advice since a transgression resulted in a four-game suspension to start his senior season. None of it was more important than the words extended to him by the Iowa coaches this past weekend.
"They just told me to learn from your mistakes and not to get into trouble again," the Des Moines Lincoln linebacker said.
The Hawkeyes are sticking by Young, a verbal commitment in the Class of 2013. His scholarship remains on the table provided there are no more slip-ups.
Young received a tour of campus on his unofficial stop this weekend.
"It was a good visit," the 6-foot-4, 220-pound outside backer said. "I got to sit down and talk to the coaches. I hadn't talked to them in a while, so it was good."
Young has missed the Railsplitters (1-2) first three games but has been practicing. The suspension was scheduled to end with this Friday's game against Des Moines East.
"It's tough but my teammates really have helped me through it," Young said.
Lincoln will be at Urbandale on Sept. 21 for Young's first game. It will represent his first live action since last fall.
"I don't think that's going to affect my play," Young said. "I'm just ready to get back out there. I'm hungry; really hungry.
"I definitely have something to prove and I'm ready to prove it."
It hasn't been an easy season at Lincoln. Head Coach Tom Mihalovich last week was suspended indefinitely by the Des Moines school board for allegedly mistreating a former player.
"Our team, it's still strong," Young said. "We're behind out coaches. We all have each other's back. We're helping each other through it."
Young looked on from Kinnick Stadium on Saturday as Iowa dropped a 9-6 decision to rival Iowa State. He had chosen the Hawkeyes' scholarship ahead of an offer from the Cyclones this summer.
"It was more of a defensive game," Young said. "It was a little slow, but it was a good game overall. I had a appreciation for the (Iowa) defense. The defense looked really good."