UNC assistant coach John Blake serves as Young's primary recruiter. Although he and Blake remain in constant contact, the 6-foot, 177-pound cornerback also speaks occasionally to Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator and secondary coach.
Young, an Olney (Md.) Good Counsel product, had an in-depth conversation with Withers shortly after receiving a UNC scholarship offer a month ago.
"He said he liked that I was a big corner," Young said. "You don't really see a lot of big corners, now. And most of them, they really don't move – they're not fast or their hips aren't as flexible. Typically, big corners become safeties.
"But I run a 4.44 [40-yard dash] and I've been playing corner since I was in little league. But if I had to, the transition wouldn't be hard at all."
Since his sophomore season, Young has started at cornerback for Good Counsel.
As a junior, Young never left the field. In addition to starting on defense, he started at wide receiver, and held roles on both the kick return and kickoff teams. He ended the season with five interceptions, 13 pass breakups, and 33 tackles on defense, and 18 catches for 400 yards and four touchdowns on offense.
Last week, Blake made an evaluation trip to Good Counsel High School.
"Basically, he [discussed] getting me and my teammate, Troy [Gloster], up there for a visit," Young said. "And [he said] he'd liked to see me in that Carolina Blue."
Although travel arrangements have yet to be established, Young plans to visit UNC before the end of the summer. He says the trip could come as early as late May.
On May 16, Young will visit Stanford, the school he verbally committed to last October only to de-commit two months later. He also plans to attend Florida's "Friday Night Lights" in July.
Young began hearing from UNC roughly two and a half months ago. But, like Gloster, UNC's recruiting pressure seemed to fade, before revving back up with the scholarship offer.
"I thought they had moved on," Young said. "I got a call from my coach and he said they offered me. It definitely came out of the blue – I wasn't really expecting it, so I was kind of surprised when it happened.
"I was excited when it happened, though."
In total, 21 schools have offered Young, including Boston College, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, NC State, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Young said he hopes to make a verbal commitment before his senior football season begins.