Young graduated from Auburn (Wash.) High School and signed with the University of Washington in the 2010 class, but was unable to qualify. He played defensive back in his freshman year at Arizona Western junior college. In his sophomore year he switched to outside linebacker and it was a move that paid hefty dividends.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Chris Young posted 111 tackles (45 solo) to go along with 30 tackles-for-loss, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and two interceptions. He also scored six defensive touchdowns from his 'Rover' position. Following that season he was name first-team All-American and earned the Western States Football League and Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honor.
All these feats were accomplished as part of the Matadors' 11-1 record and the school's third straight WSFL title.
"The Arizona State coaches said that I make a lot of plays in the open field," Young stated. "With the defense they are going to run they need someone to be in that hybrid (safety/linebacker) position. They like how I can drop back and have good coverage skills, and that I can also come up and tackle well too.
"I expected to have a good sophomore season and I guess that all the hard work did pay off."
Young also had offers from Washington State, Oregon State and Indiana. He visited those schools, as well as Ohio State, during the recruiting process. He committed last week to Oregon State after his trip to Corvallis, yet ultimately his visit to Tempe did prove to him that a pledge to ASU would suit him better.
"I didn't feel the same mindset at Oregon State that I did at Arizona State," Young explained. "This weekend I felt that everybody was on the same page. Surrounded by players that will do everything it takes to win, you know good things will happen."