In-State Star to decide next week

Life is good for Millard North, finding themselves in yet another state title game, this one facing the three year young Lincoln Southwest program. Unfortunately, they will more than likely be doing it without one of their chief stat producing machines in the backfield. Following an injury, Corey Young could find himself, for this game at least, on the outside looking in.

Corey Young probably doesn't consider himself much of a cheerleader. He may get some practice, though, as an injury suffered against Millard West could have him out for the state title game against Lincoln Southwest. That's not how he had had it planned.

After having to sit out his junior year, because of an ACL tear to his right knee, this was going to be his year to shine and enjoy his final year of prep-football.

He's done that, his Millard North team sporting the most prolific rushing attack in the state, averaging almost 500 yards a game on the ground. Young has helped with that, putting up 1,628 yards of his own, scoring 22 times. He along with teammate and quarterback Jeff Tarpanian have been the most lethal one-two punch in the state.

Young says, however, that there's more versatility than even that, teams forced not to figure out how to stop the Mustangs, but simply to figure out who they don't want to add to the yards and points North will certainly get.

"If I don't get 200 yards, Jeff (Tarpanian) will and if he doesn't Paul (Homer) will," Corey said. "You can't pick just one of us, because the other is going to make you pay."

It's a heavy price tag as well, Millard North suffering only an early season loss to Millard West, which they avenged just this last week, putting them back into the state final, where they will face the third year team, Lincoln Southwest.

Young is obviously excited for the game, but there's no place he'd rather be than by his teammate's side on the field rather than thinking he's going to be standing on the sideline, relegated to a support role. "This isn't where I wanted to be, thinking that I am going to be watching this game instead of playing in it," Young said. "You work so hard to get to this point, it stinks not to be playing in the final game with your team."

The good news for Young is that while his prep-days may be done, he's got a career waiting for him at the division 1-A level. Now holding scholarship offers from Colorado State, Iowa State and Nebraska, there's at least the comfort level in knowing that his future in football is safe.

Where that future will be, though, that's up in the air, but according to Young, people won't have to wait much longer for his decision. "I am going to make my decision next week," he said. "I figure it's time and I just want to get it out of the way."

While the typical scenario that follows in-state prep athletes is that they are inevitably bound to Nebraska, Young said that he's enjoyed the process with all of the coaches that have recruited him this year. And it doesn't hurt ISU that they have a habit of taking good players out of the Husker state.

Brandon Gunn, Nick Leaders, Stevie Hicks and Jon Davis are just a number of the players the Cyclones have grabbed out of Nebraska over the last few years. And this year they are going after some more, Young apparently one of those that is sitting close to or at the top of their list.

Is that enough to get him to follow some friends to Iowa State or is there still a Husker lean from this in-state star?

"I am going to wait this week for a decision and I'll just leave it at that," Young said. "I have enjoyed the process, the coaches have all been great and you never want to tell anyone no. I am going to have to, though, but I know my decision will be what's best for me."

Young marks himself as one of the few in-state players that Nebraska has offered. Current commits D.J. Jones and Ricky Henry would be the others. That's how it is in Nebraska, because once you are offered, the expectation is that you'll commit.

If Young is leaning a certain way, though, he's not saying, but people won't have to wait long to find out. Either on Monday or Friday at the latest, everyone will know.

Until then, Young is going to do his best to cheer his team on as they try to win another state title. He'll enjoy it, no matter what, but you can bet that his feelings then will not be far off from where they are now. "I want to play, that's what I worked for in coming back from my last injury," he said. "That's how it is, but you can't site around and whine about it, because that's not going to do anyone any good."

"I'll just cheer my team on, work on getting back to 100 percent myself and go from there. That's about all you can do."

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