Young ones: Iowa RB leads new wave of college recruits – American Press
Boy: Iowa RB is leading a new wave of college recruits
Published Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 9:00 am
Iowa’s Ronald Young has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past two years. After not playing his sophomore year, he led Iowa to the semifinals for the first time in program history last fall.
On Wednesday, he took the next step and signed a national letter of intent to play for Prairie View A&M.
“It feels good,” Young said. “It is really incredible.”
Prairie View is a Division I Football Championship Subdivision program located 45 minutes northwest of Houston. The Panthers play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and last season won 6-5 and finished second in the West Division.
“I like the facilities, the atmosphere and the culture,” Young said of the school. “Everything is different there – the culture, the coaches, the staff, everyone. I bring a lot to the table. It just depends on where they take me.”
In two seasons that the Yellow Jackets started as a running back, Young rushed for 2,968 yards and 39 touchdowns and led Iowa to a 21-4 record. Iowa went 11-2 last fall, securing first place in the Division II Non-Select and advancing to the state semifinals.
“That right there, everyone really wanted it, so we ran away,” Young said. “It was amazing. I can not explain. I liked being with my teammates. We like to laugh and like to go out. We do a lot together.”
As a senior, Young rushed for 1,870 yards and 24 touchdowns while averaging 7.1 yards per carry.
Mason Abshire of St. Louis Catholic, a two-time pole vault state champion, signed a contract with the Louisiana-Lafayette track program.
Abshire won the 2022 indoor (Division II) and outdoor (Class 3A) state pole vault titles and recently set a personal best of 15 feet, 61/2 inches at the LSU High School Qualifiers indoor meeting.
His best outdoor jump is 15-3.
A list of Southwest Louisiana high school athletes intending to continue playing at the collegiate level.
NCAA Division I
Ronald Young, Iowa, Prairie View A&M
Ronnie Crosby, DeRidder, Texas A&M
Grant Evans, Catholic St. Louis, McNeese State
Dennis Gardere, Sam Houston, McNeese State
Bryant Merriwether, Rosepine, Louisiana-Lafayette
NCAA Division II
Bryant Hammond, DeRidder, Henderson State
NCAA Division III
Donovan Winey, Iowa, Centennial
National Junior College
Courtlande Collins, Lake Charles College Prep, Highland Community (Kan.) College
Kevon Freeman, Lake Charles College Prep, Highland Community (Kan.) College
Jamorian Jackson, Sam Houston, Blinn (Texas) College
Alex Archield, DeRidder, Louisiana Christian
Brian Doga, Sam Houston, Missouri Valley
Brandon Jupiter, Westlake, Louisiana Christian
Jason Legre, Barbe, Louisiana Christian
Josh Lemonnier, Sam Houston, Missouri Valley
Trenton Miller, Sam Houston, Missouri Valley
Kent Fencebreaker, Grand Lake, Louisiana Christian
Cyndi Reed, Iowa, LSU- Eunice
NCAA Division I
Mason Abshire, St. Louis, Louisiana-Lafayette