Kelvin York has endured quite a ride throughout his recruitment.
His football journey has taken him many places since his high school days. His transfer from Texas Southern to Fullerton College (CA) is where things really started to pick up and now the talented running back has found himself a home in the Pac-12.
Things really began with his commitment to USC back in May. At the time, York felt like he had found the perfect school for him. Though he had offers from programs such as BYU and Ole Miss, USC offered York an opportunity to play at the highest level and to him it was an offer that was too good to pass up.
"That (USC) was my dream school. I used to watch USC back in '04 when they won the championship, that's when I started liking them. I've always watched USC."
After committing to the Trojans, things between USC and York quieted down a little. York was busy working hard at Fullerton, all the while planning to play at Southern Cal in 2012.
Then, in a mid-November game between Fullerton and Pasadena City College, York went down with a torn meniscus and his football season was over.
After that, his communication with USC came to a halt.
"It was very frustrating. They way they didn't communicate, they went three months without saying anything to me. They just lost interest after the injury."
Ultimately that lack of communication led to York's de-commitment. The Trojans upcoming scholarship restrictions along with Kelvin's knee injury changed USC's tune. When he finally heard from the USC coaches again it wasn't so much about their excitement to have him as it was an attitude of ‘we'll see if we still have room for you'.
"The way they were talking they said I would have to wait for a scholarship, that I'd have to wait for a player that doesn't come there. The reason I committed to USC so early was because they were offering a scholarship, but then I got hurt and they wanted to take it away. I thought I had a scholarship already because I committed early and (after the injury) the way they were talking made it seem like I didn't have a scholarship at all anymore."
Once word broke that Kelvin was back on the market it didn't take long for schools to take notice. Utah, Washington, and Miami immediately made contact with York and quickly scheduled visits with him.
"Utah got in touch with me two weeks after I de-committed from USC. Coach Schramm was recruiting in the San Diego area and so he came to my house and talked to me. He told me he wanted me to take a visit so I said that I would."
By the beginning of December York focused in on two schools – Utah and Washington – and after an official visit to Seattle it appeared the Huskies were the team to beat.
Kelvin's trip to Utah on December 9th changed everything.
Throughout his recruitment Kelvin stressed the importance of having a strong bond with the coaches he commits to. When he spent a weekend in Utah York found what he was looking for.
"What stood out to me during my visit to Utah was the coaches meetings. Meeting with Coach Schramm and talking football, that was the best part. Building that relationship with the running backs coach was best. I feel like I have a strong relationship with the coaches at Utah."
York picked Utah thanks to that strong bond and he acknowledges that a good relationship with his position coach is what he was looking for. The news of Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow leaving Utah for Hawaii was a bit of a surprise to York, but it didn't sway him when it came to committing.
"It doesn't affect my decision at all. I built my relationship with Coach Schramm so I'm not worried about it at all."
Kelvin believes he has strengths that can help this Utah team immediately.
"My best strengths are my power and my speed. I bring a different style of power running, I can take it the distance on any play."
Although he's coming in behind an experienced John White, York doesn't mind working behind him and adding to his abilities.
"I feel like I can help out in the running game right away. I understand John White carried the load last year and needed some help, so I picture us now being a two-headed monster. I don't mind coming in behind him (White) and helping out."
York will enroll in time for spring ball, but isn't sure yet whether he'll be healthy enough to participate in workouts. His knee surgery on December 14th went better than expected and he'll begin rehab on the injury shortly after the holidays. Right now he's just taking it slow.
"My rehab will begin soon actually. There is no swelling or pain right now and the doctor wants me to start working it a little next week. I don't know if I'll be ready (for spring practices), right now I'm just taking it one day at a time."
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