The Terps extended offers to a pair of rising star locals June 23, handing verbals to DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) class of 2017 defensive end Chase Young and 2018 defensive tackle Austin Fontaine. Young, who also picked up Penn State and Illinois offers June 23, now claims early scholarships from UMD, ECU and NC State, to go along with the Nittany Lions and Illini. Fontaine, meanwhile, has UMD, PSU and Georgia verbals.
“Talk about an awesome day,” said Young, a 6-foot-5, 220-pounder who transferred to DeMatha from Pallotti (Laurel, Md.) back in January. “So I started the day with my coach [Elijah Brooks] calling me and letting me know that Penn State had offered. Then once that got out, he called me back and said Maryland had offered, and right after that it was Illinois. It was crazy – three big offers in the span of a few hours. I was very honored, and humbled at the same time.”
Young earned his PSU offer following a one-day in State College, Pa., last weekend. He said the staff knew little about him prior to the camp, but knew all about him by the time he finished.
“I think the Penn State coaches actually wanted to offer me while I was on campus, but they just had to look at some film first,” Young said. “I went up there and balled out, and the D-line coach said I really stood out. He messaged me on Twitter and all that and said he was really impressed.
“Then when I heard I got the offer, I was ecstatic. I like them a lot right now; they’re looking real good. Our defensive end, Shane Simmons, he’s committed [to Penn State] and he’s told me all about them. He actually showed me around campus when I was up there, and it was a real nice place. Penn State is going to be up there for me.”
Young had plenty of praise for the hometown Terps as well. He’d heard from area recruiter Mike Locksley via social media prior to receiving the offer, while he’s had UMD commits D.J. Turner and LoLo Harrison in his ear as well.
“Maryland was a big one, and I’ve got to put them in my top three immediately. They’re going to be right up there throughout the recruiting process,” Young said. “It’s a great school, they’re building a good football program and it’s close to home. It’s the hometown school, and it’s always great to represent the place where you live.”
The DeMatha end went on to say both class of 2016 Terps pledges, Harrison and Turner, have been hyping UMD for months.
“D.J. and Lo have been telling me I’d be getting that offer eventually. They said it was only a matter of time,” Young said. “And they said when I do [get the offer] I should definitely come to Maryland with them. They said it’s real fun up there, there’s a lot of guys I know, and the coaches are great. They’re always pushing me, always talking about Maryland.
“And that whole DMV-to-UMD thing, it’s real cool. There’s a lot of big-time guys going [to Maryland] now, so that definitely catches my eye.”
Despite College Park, Md., being just a few miles from his home, Young has yet to visit. He said he plans to see the local university “as soon as possible,” however, likely in July.
“I’ve got to get to Maryland, definitely,” Young said. “I want to get up there real soon so I can meet the coaches and see the campus.”
Young will also be checking out some of his other suitors. He said he’ll get back to PSU, trek down to NC State and ECU, and maybe even visit Illinois. Young also would like to see Tennessee and UVA, two programs that have shown lots of interest but haven’t anted up yet.
“Illinois was a good look for me too. One of my coaches went there and has told me good things, and I have family on my dad’s side that lives there,” Young said. “And NC State, I have a great relationship with their coaches and a lot of my family lives near there too. I have family in Greenville, N.C., so it’s an area I’m real familiar with. I definitely want to check out NC State, and I’ll check out ECU while I’m down there this summer.”
Young is coming off a sophomore campaign at Pallotti where he recorded more than 80 tackles and 22 sacks. He said he’s eager to show what he can do at DeMatha this fall.
“It’s nice to get these offers, but I have to keep working and grinding to prove I deserve them,” said Young, who has drawn college looks for basketball as well but holds no offers. “I’ve got to keep at so I can become one of the top defensive ends out there.”
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