Young, who attended Iowa Western Community College this past spring and University of New Mexico in the fall of 2011, will join the Terps for preseason practice, which begins Aug. 6. He will not be eligible to play until 2013 when he will be a redshirt junior.
Young is coming back home, having starred at H.D. Woodson High School. He was named the 2009 Washington, D.C., Player of the Year and the Gatorade State Player of the Year.
Its nice to add Ricardo to the team, Edsall said. I recruited him while I was at UConn, so Im familiar with him as a person. Hes also a tremendous athlete and football player. Were glad hes decided to come back home and be part of the excitement that is building around the program.
Young was a three-year starter at Woodson. He passed for 2,461 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior to earn first-team All-Met honors from The Washington Post. After the 2009 season, he was listed as the No. 21 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 3 player in the District of Columbia by Rivals. He was ranked the No. 48 signal-caller in the nation by Scout.com.
He threw for 3,089 yards and 31 touchdowns, as well as rushing for 780 yards and 11 scores as a junior.
Young signed a National Letter of Intent in 2010 with Virginia Tech and spent that season redshirting as a scout team quarterback. He was a member of the 2010-11 Atlantic Coast Conference honor roll.
He sat out last year at New Mexico due to NCAA transfer rules.