FORT DODGE, Iowa - Trevon Young possessed an opportunity that a lot of young people in Iowa dream of achieving. Then, he squandered it.
The former Des Moines Lincoln standout saw the Hawkeyes remove their scholarship offer to him after he twice was arrested after his junior season. He had verbally committed to play football at the school.
Young (6-4, 235) instead enrolled at Iowa Western Community College, where he's playing defensive end for the defending national JUCO champs. He registered three sacks in a reserve role Saturday night during a 59-7 win against rival Iowa Central
"It's just making me work harder," Young said of being in junior college instead of the Big Ten. "I just have to stay on my stuff, get good grades and work hard to get back to where I was."
While Iowa pulled back from Young last year, they relationship did not end. The Hawkeyes have been keeping tabs on their former commitment.
"They were positive with me," Young said. "They told me to go to JUCO, stay on my grades, stay out of trouble then they'll continue to recruit me."
Central Arkansas of the FCS already has jumped in with a scholarship offer for Young, he said. Other schools have been watching him but the Iowa Western coaches decided to wait until after the season to reveal the names to him so he can stay focused on the task at hand.
Young is hoping to sign with a four-year school this December. He would have four years to play three at the next level.
"(It will depend) on the type of offers I get," Young said. "If I don't think I've got the right offers, I'm going to come back (for his sophomore year at Iowa Western) and try it again."
Here's our interview with Young after Saturday's game: