Four-star safety Isheem Young visited Penn State for the Blue-White Game late last month, and many felt the Philadelphia native might commit to the Nittany Lions while in Happy Valley. But he did not.
So when we caught up with him at The Opening Regional in Florham Park, N.J., a week later, we had to hit him with the obvious question. http://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/story/1775534-four-star-pa-wr-se...
Young, whose first name is pronounced "AH-sheem," smiled when asked if he came close to committing to PSU.
“Right now, I’m just taking my time until I visit some more schools,” he said. He intends to get back to Penn State again this spring or summer (date TBA), and is also hoping to visit Ohio State, West Virginia, LSU, Alabama and North Carolina in the coming months.
So what sort of timetable has Young set for his decision?
Well, that sort of depends on how firm of a decision you are looking for.
Young said he might commit before the start of his senior season at Imhotep in Philly. But he also intends to make all five of his official visits. So he may not commit until on or about National Signing Day.
He added that he has no interest in taking advantage of the proposed early signing period in December.
“I’d rather sign in February just in case I want to change my decision,” he said.
Regardless, Penn State appears to be in good shape here. Young enjoyed his (latest) visit to Happy Valley, saying, “It was a great experience. Hanging out with the recruits, hanging out with the players afterward. It was great. Nice facilities, 70,000 fans. It was great.”
Young is also tight with many of the current Nittany Lions. That includes, of course, redshirt freshman defensive end Shaka Toney — another Imhotep product.
He mentioned WR K.J. Hamler, DE Shareef Miller and S Marcus Allen as other Penn State players with whom he is close. Interestingly enough, that runs the range of an early-enrollee true freshman (Hamler) to a fourth-year senior (Allen).
But something else about Penn State sticks out to Young even more.
“The coaches,” he said. “Great coaches. They seem like if anything happened, they would be there for me. It’s not just about football.”
Be sure to check out our video Q&A with Young above, to see how well he handles himself.
He also give a scouting report on himself (“big hitter”) and his former teammate Toney (“he’s great.”).
Young was terrific at The Opening event in New Jersey. We saw him make two interceptions, including one during the "Pressure Cooker" session (shown below). He was named defensive back MVP. He did not, however, earn a trip The Opening's national event in Oregon later this year.