- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, Fla.) defensive back LaDarion Young committed to Georgia State after taking an official visit to the campus over the weekend.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior said the future direction of the program was a huge selling point.
"There are a lot of things in the works for Georgia State football," Young said. "They are building new facilities and a new practice field in the future, and everything is happening the right way."
Georgia State, an FCS program, was thought to be on a fast track to the FBS, but as of now the Panthers will play in the Colonial Athletic Association and have no immediate plans to move.
That doesn't matter to Young.
"I'm not really concerned with whether Georgia State stays in this division or that division," Young said. "I just want to develop into a great player and give this program my all."
Young was in the midst of a strong offseason until a shoulder injury sidelined him from several months and kept him off of an aggressive schedule of prospect camps at programs around the Southeast.
He returned midway through the season and had some FBS interest but chose Georgia State over Alabama State.
"Everything happens for a reason, and even though things didn't go perfect for me this year I'm real happy with my final choice," Young said. "The program believes that I have what it takes, and I'm going to walk onto campus ready to be a difference maker."