Michael Young won’t spend much time touring colleges this summer.
Notre Dame will get the three-star receiver from Destrehan, La., on campus next week for its marquee summer event. Other than the trip to South Bend for Irish Invasion, Young doesn’t have any other visits set.
Programs in the SEC and ACC want to change that.
“I know for sure that I will be in South Bend next week,” said Young, who’s recovering from a broken finger. “I won’t be able to compete and I’m a competitor. But junior day, it’ll be great. Notre Dame is a school that I’m really looking at. It’ll be great just to see them and what I like and possibly what I don’t like. I don’t see myself not liking anything there.
“That’s about it (for visits). Notre Dame and potentially Vandy and Virginia Tech.”
Young sees the Irish as a top contender heading into the visit alongside Oregon, which played host for its spring game at the end of April. Right now Young sees Notre Dame and Oregon as his top two choices.
Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Kansas, Memphis, Minnesota, Missouri, Purdue, Texas A&M, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech have also offered scholarships, among others.
“Oregon and Notre Dame, those are gonna be my top,” Young said. “I absolutely love those schools. Other schools are possibly Vandy, A&M, Virginia Tech and Arizona. The list behind those guys, they kinda fall in order. Those are the schools, and Missouri, they would potentially be in the discussion.”
Notre Dame got in with the 5-foot-11, 178-pound prospect as soon as it offered this spring.
Young and his family almost immediately decided to visit for Irish Invasion. Associate head coach Mike Denbrock has been talking with Young about what the Irish can offer both on the field and off.
Academics are something Young and his family plan to weigh heavily when it’s decision time.
“Notre Dame is a big school academically and athletically,” Young said. “They compete against the best of the best kinda like down here in the South with the SEC. Not everybody gets that offer. The type of guy I am, I never thought I'd get a Notre Dame offer. So when I did I’m just like, ‘Wow, I can’t pass this up.’ Academically it’s what I want and athletically I’d compete against some of the best guys. I’m like, ‘I have to.’”
Oregon also stated its case during the spring game visit. One of Young’s former teammates, Kirk Merritt, is already on the Ducks roster.
“He’s out there so I kinda already knew about the program,” Young said. “He kinda pumped me up about the program but I didn’t really know. The weather was beautiful, the scenery was beautiful. The town of Eugene, I felt it was a place like home. The city of Eugene is kinda the same roads and kinda the same school as Destrehan. I feel like it’s a combination of both. It had that home feeling to me. The coaches up there are second to none.
“Coach (Mark) Helfrich, coach (Matt) Lubick. Everybody was showing me love, showing me attention. The spring game atmosphere, the fans, I loved it. They kinda knew who the recruits were and I didn’t even know. They showed us major love.”
But even after a strong visit in Eugene, Young knew he had to wait before making a decision. Irish Invasion will give Notre Dame a chance to make its move before an expected decision in July or August.
Visiting South Bend will be a return trip to Indiana. Young used to attend Colts games when his uncle, Joseph Addai, played for the franchise.
“The main reason I haven’t committed to (Oregon) is because of Notre Dame,” Young said. “I like them that much. I had to hold out. Also, I’ve been to Indiana because my uncle used to play there for the Colts. I know what the state is like. I always said I wanted to go back there to that state because I loved it that much.”