4-Star Safety Prospect Isheem Young Commits to Penn State over Alabama, Clemson

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2017

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The Penn State Nittany Lions landed one of the top secondary prizes in the 2018 recruiting class with the commitment of Isheem Young.

Young announced Tuesday he will join the Nittany Lions next season.

Penn State head coach James Franklin appeared to reference the 4-star safety's commitment on Twitter:

Young is the fourth-best safety and the No. 45 player overall in the country, per Scout.

Young offers the total package for a safety, and he projects as an option at either of the two safety positions.

The Philadelphia native is skilled against the pass. He has the awareness and athleticism to hold his own in pass coverage, which will be a valuable asset when he's lined up against slot receivers and hybrid tight ends.

Opposing quarterbacks will always have to account for where Young is on the field, because he's a dynamic playmaker who should collect a few interceptions each season he's a starter at Penn State.

Against the run, Young is equally adept. He's an aggressive defender who wastes little time getting into the backfield.

That aggression will be a double-edged sword, though. Young will have to be careful not to over-pursue and get himself out of position to make a tackle. He'll also need to be wary of mistiming his tackle and picking up a costly penalty. One big hit could turn into a targeting foul.

The problem will be easily correctable the longer he works with Penn State's coaching staff. The team won't want Young to lose that aggression completely but will teach him to instead harness it in a positive capacity.

Considering his talent and on-field maturity, Young could make an immediate impact for the Nittany Lions in 2018.

It's hard to believe how quickly the narrative has changed for Penn State head coach James Franklin.

Things weren't looking good when the Nittany Lions lost 49-10 to Michigan last year. Then they won nine games in a row, claimed the Big Ten title and fell to USC by three points in the Rose Bowl. The program appears to be headed in the right direction under Franklin.

Adding Young to Penn State's 2018 class will give fans more confidence the Nittany Lions can potentially be a national title contender with Franklin at the helm.

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