Coach Alford stresses the mentality that all of his players should know what it means to put on a Hawkeye jersey. That is a large reason why an offer was not given out this past weekend to Jerrah as Coach Alford goes through the process of feeling out his recruiting class.
"Coach Alford told me about a couple players leaving because they were not happy or did not want to play basketball any longer," Jerrah said. "He said that because of that fact he is being more careful in giving out scholarships because they want to get a good relationship with the prospect."
However, not receiving an offer did not stop Jerrah from experiencing a very good visit.
"The visit was fine. I got to meet all the players, and they were a lot of fun. I got the feeling they were a tight bunch, and they definitely know their share of people."
However, his lasting impression on his visit most likely would be Coach Alford's humor.
"Coach Alford was a very funny guy. He was a real nice guy, but always seemed to have a remark. They asked me my major, and I blurted out engineering. They kept poking fun at me on selecting the hardest major. I thought Brody Boyd was pretty hilarious, also."
Jerrah has receieved offers from Northern Illinois, Loyola(Md.), and Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne. He is also receiving strong interest from West Virginia, Nebraska, Bowling Green, and Toledo.
"I'm suppose to be setting up a visit to West Virginia within a month," Jerrah added. "I might visit Nebraska, Bowling Green, and Toledo. Iowa State has shown a little interest so I'd be open to visiting there, also."
So what will Jerrah be looking for in making his decision?
"I thought Iowa City was a nice town with a big campus. I always have to have something to do. I can never just sit around. Therefore, I'll be looking to see what the town can offer besides basketball."
The fall recruiting period is nearing an end as we enter the fall. Does Jerrah have plans to sign this November?
"I had originally planned on waiting until the spring, but I'm not sure what I'll do now. Coach Alford will be coming to watch me practice in October, and then requested I make an another unofficial visit to watch them practice. I'm just going to wait and see what comes in my path."
Jerrah Young is an intriguing upcoming prospect, who will likely have to decide whether to sign in the fall or spring. Either way, the Hawks will have a tough decision upcoming.