Scottie Young came to Morgantown with out a jacket.

“I reflect I had one hoodie,” Young stated with a smile. “I passe to freeze my butt off within the cold weather till we began to procure the instruments.”

The San Diego native didn’t in fact want one when he enrolled at West Virginia University closing August, however he snappily realized that he wasn’t on the west wing anymore in additional suggestions than one.

Young transferred to West Virginia earlier than closing season, having spent the earlier three years on the University of Arizona — positioned roughly 400 miles from his fatherland. After starting up as freshman, Young grew into one in every of the Pac-12’s top defensive backs within the course of his stint out west.

Nonetheless after his junior season, Young mandatory to assemble a commerce. A month after coming into the switch portal, he launched his commitment to the Mountaineers closing Might possibly possibly perchance also.

That intended purchasing and selling days in Tucson, where November temperatures sit down around 74 levels, for days in Morgantown, where temperatures that month are roughly 20 levels colder.

“I don’t suggestions taking part in within the wintry weather, I honest don’t adore chilling in it,” he stated with a chortle.

Whereas his adjustment to the vital colder native weather came with time, his progression on the sector has been a lengthier course of.

“It’s a fancy transition,” Young stated. “I used to be speaking to [cornerback] Charles Woods the opposite day and we had been speaking about how, within the event you switch, you’ve received to extra or less restart. You’ve received to hit the reset button.”

After making it to campus, Young used to be forced to take a seat out because of the NCAA switch suggestions. He spent vital of that day off the sector working with head coach for soccer energy and conditioning Mike Joseph.

This means that of his ineligible position, that intended important reps had been few and far between for Young. Tykee Smith, who manned the Spear position closing season, used to be coming off a season whereby he had been a Freshman All-American honoree, so taking snaps far flung from him used to be a non-starter.

Young’s handiest sport action came within the Liberty Bowl. It used to be the supreme sport he used to be eligible to play in within the course of the 2020 season.

“I in fact feel adore I went about it the lawful device,” Young stated about his year off. “Being within the developmental program with coach Mike [Joseph], being with those young guys who had been in there with me, I felt adore I mandatory that honest to grow mentally. Bodily, I in fact feel adore I’m within the supreme shape I’ve been in since I’ve been at school. I’m stronger, I’m sooner, I in fact feel healthier. I’ve been eating better.

“I reflect I mandatory that year off honest to extra or less procure that constructing,” Young continued. “I in fact feel adore I never in fact had that point to procure that. I came in and performed as freshman at U of A. I used to be constantly going, so I didn’t in fact procure the time to in fact near down and prepare.”

Heading into drop camp, Young is seen because the expected starter at Spear, which is a hybrid position borrowing talents from both defensive backs and linebackers. He performed basically as a deep safety at Arizona, which device that the aim the Mountaineers quiz him to play is current to what used to be beforehand expected of him.

“Being with the fellows, taking part in in that spring sport, taking part in in this past scrimmage we honest had this Saturday,” Young stated, “I in fact feel adore I mandatory those reps honest to procure a in fact feel for our defense and procure a in fact feel for our map because, after I performed within the bowl sport, I honest received thrown into the fire.”

Young’s ardour lit a fire interior him while he sat out closing season, one which is now not going to be extinguished near Week 1.

“I mandatory to procure on the sector,” Young stated. “I like taking part in soccer, so it’s extra so the game for me. I in fact like taking part in soccer, so that extra or less drove me to want to procure accessible so detestable.”


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