2017 Recruit Considers ECU Offer

Class of 2017 defensive end Chase Young currently has five offers. IES caught up with him to talk about his ECU offer and more.

From his earliest memories, Chase Young had always dreamed of playing college football. In the fourth grade Young began a rigorous workout of 300 pushups, sit-ups, calf raises and squats every day.

Now, as a rising junior at DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.), Young has already received five official offers from Division one football programs to pursue his dreams. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end has offers from East Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina State and Penn State.

“It’s all really exciting,” Young explained. “As a young kid I’d always dream about this situation and now I am in it. I just have to keep doing my part and working hard.”

Young, who hopes to make an official decision next July, said that he already feels like he has a good list of school’s to choose from. Young noted that he is highly interested in all of the schools on his list and that he has previous ties to all five of them.

One connection that Young shares with ECU sparked at an early age. A close family friend, who attended ECU, shared experiences and knowledge about the university to Young. Ever since that moment, Young was intrigued by the Pirates and at some points considered them his favorite childhood team.

The pirates who began to recruit Young in April, wasted no time in officially offering the defensive end last month. Young rates his current interest in ECU as a high eight-and-a-half on a ten-point scale. The high rating comes partly as a result of the relationship that Young has developed with ECU’s defensive line coach Mark Yellock.

“Coach Mark (Yellock) is a great coach and I have talked with him a lot,” said Young. “ECU is just up there for me. They run the same defense as my high school so that’s another good thing for me, I would still be able to play my technique that I play right now.”

The versatile lineman believes his style of play will be able to translate to the next level easily. “My strengths start with my speed,” Young said. “I’m not a really big defensive end so I can use my speed to get off the line. I think my first step is really good, it catches offensive tackles off guard. I’m a really good run and pass stopper too. Coaches want verstatility and I think have those two nailed down pretty good.”

The same passion for football that began in the fourth grade for Young continues to push him to work hard. Over the next two years Young has selected two things that he would like to improve on.

“I hope to improve on my strength, I think I can get even stronger,” Young explained. “My other focus is to push my teammates harder to compete at all the times, that competition helps the whole team.”

Young went on to say how much this experience means to him.

“It means the world to me. Since I was a little kid my father always told me I could do this if I worked hard and I always have,” Young said. “I’ve worked for this, it hasn’t been given to me, I wasn’t that highly recruited so I’ve had to work my way up.”

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