Junior defensive end Chase Young has emerged as one of Notre Dame’s top recruiting targets in the junior class.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder from DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Md., landed an offer from the Irish late last month and he hopes to see the school soon.
“They told my coach about the offer and he told me,” Young said. “I talked to their local recruiter, Mike Elston, and he just said they were really interested in me and they want to get me up there on campus to see it. I heard it is a beautiful campus.”
Young plans to take a bus trip with some of his former coaches to see several of the schools on his offer list.
That trip could happen this spring or early in the summer.
“We’re going to go up there and visit,” Young said. “We’re probably going to see a bunch of schools but I don’t know which ones yet.”
The Irish are competing for Young’s commitment with Alabama, Florida State, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Georgia, Miami, Tennessee and several others.
He already has visited Georgia, Maryland and Virginia Tech.
“They were all really nice. I liked them,” he said. “I want to visit Ohio State, Alabama, Tennessee; those are some of the schools I know I want to visit.”
As a junior, Young recorded 27 tackles for loss and 19 sacks.
Most schools are recruiting him as a defensive end but some see him as a hybrid end/linebacker.
“I’m open to that,” he said. “My coach drops me (into coverage) sometimes but most of the time my hand is in the dirt.”
A lot could change depending on any future growth spurts.
Young’s father, a former Southern University basketball player, is 6-foot-10 and there’s a chance Young could grow a couple of inches before he sets foot on a college campus.