Not even a week passed before Michael Young had to process one of his biggest scholarship offers to date.
Notre Dame first reached out to the three-star wide receiver from Destrehan, La., through Dave Peloquin, its director of player personnel. Peloquin told Young the coaching staff would review his film Monday and some news would follow.
“He just told me he liked my film and was very impressed with it,” Young said. “The offensive coaches were gonna watch my film Monday. He said he liked me and asked if I was interested in Notre Dame. Of course, I said yes. They’re such a prestigious school academically and athletically. He was like, ‘Good. My coaches will watch your film and be in touch.’”
Young sat tight as a few days went by between film review and follow-up conversation.
Running backs coach Autry Denson came through Wednesday with a phone call to Young and his family. Young listened on speakerphone with his mother and sister.
Once that conversation ended the Irish had joined an offer list that already included Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado State, Kansas, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Missouri, Texas A&M, Tulane, UCF and Virginia, among others.
“I was actually speechless,” Young said. “I was lost for words. My mom and my sister are here and we had coach Denson on speaker. We were talking and he offered me … I was like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe this is happening.’ I was just honored and very grateful. Like I said, everybody doesn’t get that.”
Young and his family almost immediately transitioned into a conversation about visiting South Bend. Nothing is set, but they’d like to make that trip in June for the Irish Invasion camp.
“I just feel like not everybody gets that offer,” Young said. “You truly have to earn it. Academics is huge in my household. A school like Notre Dame is very high on academics as well as athletics. They compete at the highest level. It just really means a lot because if I do go there I feel like I can compete in the classroom as well as on the field. That’s what I’m really looking for.”
Other visits are taking shape for Young as well.
Louisiana-Lafayette will get Young on campus this weekend for its spring game. He’s also planning a trip to Oregon on April 30. Young hopes to visit other programs this offseason as he continues to sort through several options.
“It’s super wide open,” Young said. “I can say the people that are recruiting me heavy, I feel I lean toward them a lot. It’s a lot — A&M, Oregon, Colorado State, ULL, Tulane, Arizona State, Missouri, Arkansas. Guys like that, I definitely feel the love from them. That’s a good feeling.”
Getting on the list now helps Notre Dame have some staying power for whenever Young does decide to make a cut.
“They definitely sit high for me,” Young said. “It’s a school I’ve always grown to like. By them offering me, it’s kinda surreal. It feels great. They’re definitely highly considered. I would like to learn a little bit more about them before I place them on any list. I don’t have a list at this moment because I’m still trying to get used to this recruiting process and figure out what I like and what I don’t like about certain schools.”