EAST MANATEE — With tears rolling down his face, but his heart filled with joy Trevon Young became the 29th player to join Floridas 2013 recruiting class when he signed a letter of intent on Friday morning.
It ended a long ordeal for the 6-6, 265 pound senior who will graduate Braden River as the schools career scoring and rebound leader, but plans to play tight end at Florida.
Young finished his basketball career with 1,465 points and 1,121 rebounds. He also showed good court vision, led the Pirates in blocks and was among the team leaders in assists and steals. Now he becomes a member of Floridas recruiting class that is rated fourth best in the country by Rivals.
Its a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders. Now I dont have to worry about where I am going. I just have to take care of the academic part and get better, Young said.
The 9 a.m. signing capped a whirlwind week for Young. He was debating whether to sign a scholarship to play basketball at Division II Eckerd College and the University of South Florida football program entered the picture.
Young did not sign Wednesday because of the uncertainty. He said Florida head coach Will Muschamp told him that day not to worry that the offer was going to remain and to sign when he was ready.
Young was ready Thursday. He called Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis and told him he wanted to be a Gator.
First I called to see if the scholarship was still there. He said yes and was fired up about me coming, Young said. It was frustrating at times, but I had people help me and guide me through the process like my parents and coaches. They all told me to go with what would make me happy. In the end I think this will make me happy because I think I have an upside and the sky is the ceiling. I just have to go out there and work.
To most of the Gator Nation Young is a mystery. But Braden River head basketball coach Matt Nesser said several Florida coaches came down to watch him play basketball and immediately took a liking to him.
I was under the radar (for the rest of the country) because I only played football for two years and I kind of expected that. But Florida wanted me and what they are going to get is a hard worker, Young said.
Youngs first experience with football was the spring of his sophomore year when he first came out for the team. He has never played tight end, but Nesser said the Florida coaches saw a big guy with athleticism and good feet. Several coaches on the recruiting trail said Young has the potential to be an NFL tight end someday because of his size and athletic skills.
Perhaps Muschamp and his staff wanted to keep Young a secret. He wasnt invited up to Gainesville for an official visit until last weekend when the head coach personally offered him a scholarship.
The Florida coaches came to Youngs basketball practice a few times. They saw he has good feet and great hands. They saw him running and catching the ball and got a good feel for Trevon, Nesser said. He has unbelievable hands. I think he is made for tight end, but I am not a football coach.
Young played offensive guard and tackle and some defensive line, but Braden River head football coach Curt Bradley said the Florida coaches believe he will flourish as a pass catching tight end.
Trevon is a wide receiver/DB type and rarely do you get that in a 6-5, 6-6 kid who is 270 pounds, Bradley said. He can play multiple positions. It is very intriguing for someone his size to have the type of feet and hands. Coach Muschamp told me they were going to bring him in as a tight end and see where he develops. He could be an athletic 300-pounder.
That first camp will be tough because things will be going one-hundred miles an hour for him, but once Trevon gets acclimated I believe he will thrive in that environment. I expect him to redshirt his first year. You dont find guys that big who can move and run and catch the way he can.