Fourth Basketball Verbal Rounds Out Class

WVU got a fourth verbal for their men's basketball program on Friday evening.

Jerrah Young, a 6-7, 205-pound forward from St. Rita High School in Chicago, Illinois, has agreed to sign with WVU.

Young played for the Illinois Fire in the adidas Big Time Tournament and participated in the adidas ABCD Camp this past July. Young is the third player from his high school team to commit to a Division I school. 5-11 point guard Rashay Russell committed to Toledo and 6-8 power forward Michael Rembert verballed to Bradley.

Young had taken an official visit to West Virginia University last weekend, and he went home to ponder his decision for a few days. Iowa was also recruiting him heavily, and he also had offers from Bowling Green, Toledo and San Jose State.

But in the end, Jerrah decided to cast his lot with the Mountaineers, joining three other current high school seniors who had committed to WVU earlier this fall. Besides Jerrah Young, West Virginia's recruiting class will also include 6-8 forward B.J. Byerson of Richmond, Va., 6-0 guard Tyler Relph of Rochester, N.Y. and 6-5 guard Franklin Young of Tallahassee, Fla.

An excellent student with good athletic ability, Jerrah runs the court well, is a strong defender and very good rebounder, though his offensive skills are still considered a bit raw.

"Defense is definitely Jerrah's best forte to speak of," Young's AAU coach, Kevin Bush, recently told "He runs the floor very well and has the uncanny ability to block shots for his size. If he ends up at Iowa, he will be an upgrade on the defensive end for the Hawks."

Jerrah is an excellent prospect both on and off the court. No one questions his character or leadership ability.

"He has carried straight A's all through high school," noted Bush. "He is just one of those kids that just has intelligence within himself. We work hard as an AAU team to prepare our players, as we will usually hand out an ACT pre-exam after their freshman season. Jerrah just happens to be one of our best overall kids."

Young is still working to refine his offensive game.

"Jerrah has struggled at times with his shot," Coach Bush added. "He can shoot the ball. However, as it is usually, it's just a confidence factor with these kids. Jerrah is a good rebounder coming off the wing, but we also saw a bit of that at times when we put him at the four position. He will need to put on mass, but he has the frame to do so as he gets older."

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