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Iowa State’s defensive backs room is stacked with young talent, but one name fans should definitely know going into the 2018 season is Datrone Young.

Young, a redshirt freshman who wears No. 25 for the cardinal and gold, is listed alongside Richard Bowens as the No. 2 guy at right corner behind D’Andre Payne on the Cyclones’ most recent depth chart.

Nicknamed “Speedy,” Young was a three-star recruit out of Delray Beach, Fla. and chose the Cyclones over offers from Wisconsin, Rutgers and South Florida.

He was a three-time All-Palm Beach County honoree and was rated as the No. 105 cornerback in the 2017 recruiting class. While Young may not have been the most highly-rated player in the Cyclones’ 2017 signing class, there is no doubt he’s made a name for himself inside the program since arriving in Ames.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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