Toughness, for Logan Young, is not just breaking tackles and turning 10-yard outs into 70-yard touchdown receptions.
It’s breaking free from three older brothers and avoiding a swirley.
Young was eight, maybe nine, and was a self-described germaphobe. So when his brothers decided to stick his head in the toilet, Young fought like he had never fought before. And, what do you know, he broke free from the siblings’ grasp.
A little less than a decade later, Young is going to take that self-taught toughness to the Big Ten. The wide receiver from Delta verbally committed to the Indiana football program Thursday, five days after receiving a scholarship offer.
Young is a 6-foot-5, 190-pound wide receiver that runs a 4.59 40-yard dash. He was a basketball standout, playing AAU basketball for the renowned Spiece organization, until a year ago.
After a long AAU season, Young said he made a decision that he had been ruminating for more than a year.
He wanted to play college football, not basketball.
His coach, Grant Zgunda, took the news and ran with it, making highlight videos and sending out the appropriate information to college coaches.
Young’s decision may have come a little late, which is why his recruitment was generally limited to Indiana, Purdue and hometown Ball State. The Hoosiers were the first to offer.
Tom Crean had not Tweeted in nearly two days and had, as a whole, been on a little bit of a dry spell lately. Not even any talk about the Real Housewives of New Jersey finale*.
That is, until just a little while ago. When Crean unleashed a flurry of posts that seem to praise the freshmen, call out the upperclassmen and continued to demand nothing but the best all could offer.
“When we arrived in today to start a recruiting visit, we heard about some of our very young guys being in AH until 1130.”
“I tell our guys to look at Jeremiah Rivers as a example of being a guy that understands the commitment to be successfull.”
“We need to make sure Tom, Verdell , Matt and the other guys follow along.”
“I hope all of them get it because I am getting more and more convinced I cant or dont want to coach people who dont love the game.”
“If you love the game and spend enough time working at it you will HATE LOSING. ABSOLUTELY DESPISE LOSING.”
“The scary part of leadership 4 me is that I dont think we are confident enough in our own games to hold others accountable.”
“I do hope I am wrong though.”
Well, then. Minnesota coach Tubby Smith is Tweeting about golf tournaments. Kentucky coach John Calipari is looking at book sales. And USC coach Pete Carroll went bowling. But on June 19, a full five months before the first basketball game of the 2009-10 season, Crean is focused on basketball, and only basketball.
But what do you think of these Tweets? Is this just passionate leadership that is using a communication tool to send a message to player(s)? Something more?
This post falls under the “more” category promised by the Scoop, but I thought it was worth sharing nonetheless.
I talked with now-former Indiana men’s golfer Jorge Campillo today. And from his home in Caceres, Spain, Campillo said he recently set his professional career into motion by signing with agency superpower IMG. IMG’s other clients include the likes of Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning and Jeff Gordon.
He also said he will be participating in next weekend’s BMW International Open. The open is one of the most-highly attended events on the European Tour. The tournament will pit Campillo against Jon Daly, Ratief Goosen, Colin Montgomerie and other seasoned vets.
Campillo said he plans to spend his summer on the European Tour before returning to finish school at IU in the fall. After school he intends to take aim at another school – the PGA Tour’s Q-School where he hopes to earn his PGA Tour card.
Chalk up a victory for the new facilities.
After a tour of the new structure in the North end zone, Plymouth’s Leneil Himes felt the need to make a verbal commitment to Indiana for the class of 2010.
Himes said the facilities were better than Purdue’s, including a larger weight room.
Himes is a 6-foot-3, 260-pound tight end/defensive end for a team that went 10-1 last season in 4A. He could play running back this fall, and will be a tight end for Indiana.
“I think Indiana got a really good one,” Plymouth coach John Barron said. “Leneil is untapped talent. He really has a lot of ability.”
Purdue and Illinois were interested in Himes, but had not offered. Western Michigan was runner-up for Himes’ services.
“It’s Big Ten football,” Himes said. “It would be a good choice because it’s close to home, not too far from my mom and my family.”
Indiana now had two commitments in the class of 2010.
Barron played for Indiana coach Bill Lynch some 20 years ago, when both were at Butler. They’ve remained close — Barron called Lynch a “second dad” and said he sat behind Lynch’s wife Linda at the 2007 Oaken Bucket game.
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Things likely to be discussed include:
Over at Quick Hits, the home for prep sports coverage in the Bloomington area, I’ve detailed how June 15 (the first day college coaches can directly contact rising juniors) was for Bloomington South’s Spencer Turner and Dee Davis.
Turner, who was at IU’s Elite Camp, said he heard from nine coaches at six different schools, including Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Davis, who has been offered by Purdue and Xavier, could not remember everyone he heard from. But he did name Xavier’s Chris Mack, as well as coaches from Michigan and Ohio State.
Here are three questions from our Thursday chat that I held back from answering:
Fancy meeting you here. I am somewhat confident (optimistic?) that the football team will be better. I am also (sadly) somewhat confident that we won’t win more than 3 or 4. Obviously he’s done a fantastic job recruiting the last couple seasons, but do you think he’ll get a chance to coach them? Where is the line drawn between seeing progress and wins/losses? From your favorite, I like soup!, Bloomington
Chris, It’s getting close to that time of year where you’re asked to cover Indiana University Football with diligence and vigor. How difficult is the task at hand? Please accept my apologies in advance for putting you on the hot seat today but gut checks can prove to be beneficial. And quite frankly Indiana University hasn’t seemed willing to gut check on the reality of the programs failures. I think the fans deserve a serious gut check from the university in terms of the football program. Year in year out it’s the same ol song and dance. Regards, j a c k PS, I can smell the smoke pouring out ChronicHoosier’s ears in South Texas! ! j a c k, San Antonio
I always hold out hope,but if we go through another 3 win season,how do you think that will bode for Bill Lynch’s future here? T.McGuire, Bloomington
Though you haven’t read it on the blog or in the paper, Indiana football has weighed heavily on my mind recently. As the season draws near I keep thinking about how different the atmosphere will be with that new building in the north end zone. Yet I think it’s clear that no matter how different the feeling, the facts will remain the same: Indiana’s football program is mired in an epic slump.
I’m working on finding out some of the reasons why that might be. And even how it might change. But if only one coach (Bo McMillin) has had a winning record since 1947, I don’t think my quest for figuring this out will be a short one.
Then again, maybe the answers are obvious. Maybe it’s as simple as Indiana not having any tradition and thereby not being able to find success. Maybe the recruiting base in insufficient in the state. Maybe the support hasn’t been there from the administration.
So that’s the discussion for today. As j a c k would say, it’s gut check time. Answer the above questions and diagnose what ails the football-playing Hoosiers. Why is it this way and how can it be fixed?
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