Update: Young just let us know he committed to Iowa.
Ever since picking up his first scholarship offer from Iowa in October, the Hawkeyes have intrigued Devonte Young. Living a half a country away, he could only imagine what the Midwest was like.
Those thoughts were transformed into a reality this weekend when the Maryland wide receiver unofficially visited the Big Ten school. It turned out to be everything he dreamed it would be.
"It’s just an amazing community. Also the facilities were great and the coaching staff showed amazing hospitality. They made it feel like home," Young said.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder from Waldorf (MD) North Point High leaned heavily towards a Hawkeye pledge before seeing things in person. His parents have slowed down his process to make sure he is positive about his choice.
"I personally want to make my decision within the next two weeks but first I’m going to talk it out with my parents," he said.
Young also reports offers from Pittsburgh and Rutgers, schools considerably closer to home. They have some serious catching up to do to overtake Iowa for his services.
"I feel good about them but I think Iowa definitely is the place," he said.
It appears that some more reflection and convincing his parents that a school in another time zone is the best place for him might be the final pieces to Young becoming a Hawkeye.
"I love the coaches. I love the community. The players already are creating a great bond with me. I know Iowa will keep me on the right track in both education and sports. It really feels like that can be my second home," he said.
In-state Maryland has shown interest in Young and wanted him to camp at the school. It’s something he planned to do before visiting Iowa.
"I didn’t camp there. I don’t think I need to anymore," he said.
Young plans to major in Business. He was impressed with the Tippie College at Iowa.
"It’s a good academic program ranked 30th in the nation. The tour in and around the business facility was amazing and they have a great recent history there," he said.