Is Trevon Young Back in Play?

January 5, 2014

Written by Jon Miller

Hawkeye Nation

Junior College All American Defense End Trevon Young is having a tough time finding a college home.

Young verbally committed to Iowa in 2012 but ran afoul of the law and Iowa pulled his scholarship. He spent last season at Iowa Western and redeemed himself off and on the field and performed at a very high level, which led to several major programs interested in his talents, including Iowa once again.

Young wound up signing a letter of intent with Louisville last month and has three years of eligibility left. He was on his way to Louisville to begin that phase of his life and all of the sudden, it appears Louisville coach Charlie Strong is going to wind up as the new coach at Texas.

If this happens, Young is unsure of what he will do but the Hawkeyes may be back involved, according to a quote from him at this article. Here’s the piece of the item of most interest to Iowa fans

“If Strong is hired by the Longhorns, Young said there’s “definitely a possibility” he might head straight back home to Des Moines after consulting with his family, who traveled with him to Louisville. Young said it’s likely he’ll end up at the University of Iowa, where he was verbally committed as a high school senior, if he doesn’t stick with the Cardinals. Young said Jurich told him mother he was sympathetic to the uncertainty the family was feeling. Young believes U of L will grant him a release from his letter of intent.”

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Kirk Ferentz made a visit to see Young the week before he could sign his LOI. If he were released from his letter of intent, he would likely be able to enroll at Iowa for the spring semester and participate in spring drills.

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Young said Iowa remained in contact with him even after they pulled his scholarship and it didn’t sound like there was any great harm done.

Iowa Western lists Young at 6-4/235 and he was rated as the #1 Juco weakside defensive end. He had a school record 13.5 sacks this season as well as a school record 22.5 tackles for loss. He’s got the frame to add another 15 to 20 pounds without losing the quick twitch abilities that has made him such a instinctual pass rusher. He has four years to play three, so he could redshirt if need be but the Hawkeyes definitely need a jolt to their pass rushing options along the defensive line to take some pressure off of three new starters at linebacker next year.

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SUNDAY 4:45AM UPDATE: Since first drafting this Saturday night, ESPN is reporting that Charlie Strong has told his Athletics Director that he is taking the Texas job.

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