Trevon Young's verbal commitment to Western Michigan last weekend surprised some people in his native Iowa. The former Hawkeye verbal commitment was thought to be in the mix to join the Big Ten program after spending this semester at Iowa Western.
Young has heard outsiders say that his Broncos' pledge occurred to hold his place with them until bigger schools, like Iowa, offered him a scholarship.
"That's not the case at all," Young said. "I'm not open to other schools right now. I'm really committed to Western Michigan."
"The coaches there are going in the right direction," the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Young said. "If I go there, I'll be a three-year starter and help make a mark in Western Michigan history."
The Broncos of the Mid-American Conference sit with just one win this season under first-year head coach P.J. Fleck. Prospects are seeing a turnaround coming, however, as evidenced by their 2014 recruiting class, which Scout.com currently ranks No. 39 nationally, one spot behind Iowa.
"They had a lot of injuries this season," Young said. "With the guys coming back and this recruiting class, we can do some big things out there."
Off-field trouble caused Iowa to pull its scholarship offer to Young last year. He chose to attend Iowa Western to get his life and career back in order. Young has paced the Reivers with 11.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss to go with four pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Young sees a move from Council Bluffs to Kalamazoo as another positive step.
"It's like a new beginning," he said.
Young said he will transfer to Western Michigan in January. He will participate in spring practice and have four years to play three with the Broncos.
Young's commitment has not stopped other programs from pursuing him. He said Boise State has contacted him and that Iowa has spoken to the Iowa Western coaches but not him.
"Other schools are still pushing but I'm committed to Western Michigan," he said.