Four-star running back Kordell Young out of West Deptford, N.J. committed to Virginia back in July, but began to reconsider things after an official visit recently. Today, the 5-foot-8, 177-pounder with 4.4-second speed switched his decision and decided to stay in-state with Rutgers.
"He took his official a couple weeks back and I know he just didn't feel like UVA was a fit for him," said West Deptford head coach Clyde Folsom. "Mike Groh was the coach from Virginia recruiting him and I know Kordell liked him a whole lot, but I think he really liked him more than the school itself. The school just wasn't what he was looking for, it wasn't a place he could live the next four or five years."
What made the Rivals250 running back consider Rutgers?
"I think he looked at them because of the fact that it's close to home and they have great facilities," he said. "I know he really liked the way they recruited him and all the coaches showed a pure interest in him. He is also impressed by the fact that they are an up and coming program and there are other players he knows that go there."
According to Folsom, the coaches have told Young he's got a chance to play next season.
"They told him he should be able to play as a freshman as they have different schemes he'll fit into," he said. "They have not guaranteed he'll start by any means, but they said he can definitely add to what they are trying to do."
Folsom believes the Scarlet Knights got themselves a great running back.
"Kordell is an extremely talented kid that is strong and very elusive," he said. "He's got a unique ability to move in the open field and has great vision. He's a player that is committed to the game and has a wonderful work ethic and training habits. He's also a person that is very focused on his academics too."
Young ran for 1,898 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior. He is rated the No. 9 prospect in New Jersey and No. 7 all-purpose running back in the country.