Badgers Offer 2018 Athlete

Philadelphia Imhotep Charter freshman athlete Isheem Young had no scholarship offers and no college interest. Secondary coach Daronte Jones of the University of Wisconsin changed that quickly.

When he went to bed last night, Philadelphia Imhotep Charter freshman athlete Isheem Young wasn’t even getting recruiting mail sent to him, let alone had any scholarship offers to boast about.

Wisconsin secondary coach Daronte Jones changed that Wednesday, who offered Young despite the 5-10, 180-prospect having not played one down of varsity football yet.

“I never thought this would come so early,” Young told BadgerNation. “The DB coach really liked me. I think he saw my highlight tape from Pop Warner, but I am not positive on that. Most likely he did.”

The scholarship goes outside the norm for Wisconsin, which typically only offers prospects in the current recruiting cycle. UW unofficially has offered 13 prospects in the 2017 class and none in the 2018 class before Young.

A two-way player, Young’s offer for the Badgers is in the secondary.

“My strength is on the defensive side of the ball,” said Young. “That’s what I’m working on right now. I’m not really worried about playing running back this year because we’ve got two senior running backs playing this year. I know for sure I’m going to start at safety, and that’s what I’m working on and trying to get better on.”

Working out before and after school and going off campus to work on his game, Young says the opportunity Jones has given him is going to be a huge boost.

“This offer is going to make me work even harder,” said Young. “Now I know other coaches are going to see that I got offered, and that’s going to make me work even harder.”

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