BRADENTON -- Trevon Young was living a dream that most high school football players who have grown up in Florida carried since they put on their first set of pads.
But Braden River basketball's career scoring and rebound leader had his own dream that just wouldn't go away.
He finally succumbed to his desire.
The 6-foot-6, 278-pounder withdrew from the University of Florida recently, handing his football scholarship back to the Gators, and is pursuing his original dream, which is to play basketball at the collegiate level.
"I didn't have passion that I thought I would have for football when I signed and wanted pursue my real passion, which is basketball," Young said. "It wasn't the school, it wasn't the coaches, and it wasn't how the season went. It was basketball. Basketball has always been my love. My passion isn't in football anymore. It was nothing negative."
Young was offered a scholarship to play basketball at Eckerd College last season. He hopes to play there, most
likely for the 2014-15 school year.
"I was redshirted. I started off at tight end and they moved me to left tackle and I played for the scout team," Young said. "I want to attend Eckerd. My first choice is Eckerd, and if I have a choice I will go there. There is probably not a chance I can play there this season. I hope to enroll second semester and play next year. If that doesn't work out I will look at other options for basketball, maybe a junior college."
After leading Braden River to the school's greatest three-year run in boys basketball, which included two district titles, Young was all set to attend Eckerd.
Then, surprisingly, Florida entered the picture. Gators head coach Will Muschamp was looking for a tight end and felt Young, with his athleticism and soft hands, could fill that void.
"I tried it, but to play football at that level you need passion, and I just didn't have it. After the season, I just wanted to play basketball. I told Coach (Muschamp), and he understood. The coaches were great, and the school was great. I learned a lot about life and about being a man."
Young is trying to get back into basketball shape. He hopes to get down to about 265 or 260.
"Football shape is different than basketball shape. They wanted me to get bigger and stronger at Florida, and I did. Now I need to change that a little and I am up for the challenge," Young said.
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. He was a member of Florida's 2013 recruiting class that is rated fourth-best in the country by Rivals.