Signing Day commentary | Hoops love making Braden River's Young think twice about football offer from UF

adell@bradenton.comFebruary 6, 2013 

Love is an immeasurable commodity, its value often determined by the eye of the beholder.

Trevon Young is the exception.

He is in love and anyone who follows college football knows his deep affection for the object of his heart has to be enormous.

Consider this:

The Braden River career scoring and rebound leader in basketball was just offered a scholarship to play football for the University of Florida.

To just about every high school football player in the Sunshine State, that is a ticket to paradise.

To the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Young, it's a complex issue.

The apple of his eye is basketball. It's a relationship he just can't escape. He has been going steady with basketball ever since he was old enough to tie his own sneakers.

Football didn't come along until his junior year of high school, when he was talked into playing the offensive line.

Young said Gators head coach Will Muschamp personally made the offer this past weekend when Young visited Gainesville. He also has offers to play football at Purdue, Missouri, FAU and FIU.

But here's an even bigger caveat: Florida wants him to play tight end.

"Coach Muschamp and the tight ends coach told me that last weekend," Young said.

What's the holdup?

Young has an offer to play basketball at Division II Eckerd College.

Florida football.

Eckerd basketball.

Are we really having this conversation?

"I just don't know," Young says.

Florida's tight end last

season, Jordan Reed, is leaving school for the NFL draft.

Florida has the third-ranked recruiting class, according to Rivals.com, with two five-star and 13 four-star verbal commitments.

The list does not include a tight end.

Young could be that guy. He is big and athletic and, through basketball, has shown a soft set of hands. It's surely a reason Muschamp offered him. The Gators like to use the tight end in their passing game.

This is like an early Valentine's Day card for Young. What are you waiting for?

"I might not know until I wake up Signing Day, and I might not even sign on Wednesday. I don't know," Young said less than 48 hours before he was eligible to sign. "If I decided to play football, my favorite is Florida. It's great getting an offer from them. It makes you feel all the hard work you put in was worth it. But I love basketball."

Braden River head basketball coach Matt Nesser said Young could play at the four spot (power forward) in Division II. But he needs to develop a mid-range jump shot. Right now, nearly all of his offense comes from putbacks and moves around the basket.

So Young is a possible Division II basketball player and a budding tight end prospect in the eyes of one of the top football programs in the county.

This shouldn't even be an issue, every citizen in Gator Nation would argue.

But Young is in love, and that's a powerful human emotion.

Young said he wasn't shocked when he got the offer from Florida. He had been communicating with the coaches there for awhile.

"They had been looking at me since the beginning of the season. I was expecting to get an offer," Young said. "Coach Muschamp said he would try me at offensive line and defensive line if tight end didn't work out. It doesn't matter. Wherever I can help the team I will play. ... If I decide to go there."

Love is funny. It often makes no sense. It often makes us mere humans do illogical things.

If Young signs with Florida on Wednesday, he will zoom up the totem pole and become the area's most prized recruit in many people's eyes.

He can play in a packed stadium that often reaches 90,000-plus fans or he play in a gym that might have a few hundred people.

"I don't know what I want to do," Young says.

It makes no sense!

That's what love is all about!

Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7080, ext. 2112. Follow him on Twitter at @ADellSports.

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