Athens (Texas) Trinity Valley C.C. wide receiver Chris Young has pulled the trigger on his commitment.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior college receiver is going to Iowa State.
"I've been talking to their coaches for the past couple days, and I like what they've got going on up there," Young said. "Growing up, I always wanted to play in the Big 12."
Young called his recruiter, defensive line coach Curtis Bray, on Tuesday to give him his pledge, turning down offers from Kansas State, Southern Miss, UAB and North Texas. Young is the Cyclones' fifth commit for its 2010 class and the third juco prospect to give his pledge to the program.
One big reason Young picked ISU was the opportunity to play with some of his friends next fall. Former Trinity Valley teammate Zack Spears now plays for the Cyclones, and Young said he's close with sophomore receiver Darius Darks.
"I've been up there a couple times with Darius Darks, and I liked the campus," Young said.
Young played high school ball in Austin, Texas, and had an offer from Purdue as a senior, but his grades slipped too low to be eligible. ISU's academic support was another big factor in his commitment.
"Darius said they have 100-some tutors and lots of tutorial sessions, and he said it's hard for you to fail up there as long as you do the work," Young said.
In his first year with Trinity Valley, Young made 31 catches for 482 yards and four touchdowns in eight games.
Young was looking for a school that liked to throw the ball, and he's confident that Iowa State's addition of former Rice offensive coordinator Tom Herman means the Cyclones will do plenty of it in the future.
"Coach told me about how they have the new offensive coordinator from Rice and how they're going to throw the ball way more, and that's just my type of offense," Young said.