“It’s been quiet,” Young told Scout.com of the recruiting process. “The only school I’ve heard from is Northern Iowa. I haven’t received mail or heard from any other school.”
The 5-11, 200-pound tailback took visits to Wisconsin last fall but didn’t hear anything after Williams committed. That hasn’t changed with head coach Paul Chryst now in charge.
That turned out to be good news for Iowa, which aggressively recruited Young and got a commitment from him in late January. The Hawkeyes are 6-0 and are alone in first in the Big Ten West Division.
“It feels great,” said Young. “It makes you feel even more confident that when something goes wrong they’re going to bounce right back. Last year probably didn’t go as planned for them, but this year they bounced right back. They figured some things out. It really boosts your confidence in a program when you see them do that.”
Rated a three-star prospect and the No.63 tailback in the country by Scout.com, Young is planning to take his official visit in December with other Hawkeyes commits. Through eight games this season, Young is averaging 215 yards per game and has scored 17 touchdowns.
“First and foremost, the offensive line has been doing a great job; they’ve been able to open holes and I’ve been able to hit them,” said Young. “My speed has improved a lot, and I am a lot more powerful, so I’ve been able to extend runs and get those breakaways/long runs this year.”
A win this Saturday at Milton will give the Silver Eagles their seventh straight conference title.
“Monona Grove is a storied program with a lot of history behind it,” said Young. ‘We’re working for the same goals we’ve been working for the past 10 years. It would mean the world to me and my teammates. We want to be a part of history. There are a lot of great players who have come through this program and we’d love to keep that going.”