Notre Dame didn’t sign a cornerback last cycle. And after last weekend’s de-commitment of Kalon Gervin, the Irish don’t have one on board in this class either.
That’s part of the reason why Notre Dame has been tracking three-star cornerback Avery Young of Coatesville, Pa. Working on both sides of the ball, Young showed enough coverage skills to pick up a few early Big 10 offers. But he was also athletic enough to post 48 catches for 844 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense.
The Irish are watching.
“They’ve been recruiting me for three or four months now,” Young said. “Coach (Mike) Elston followed me on Twitter and I followed him back. He messaged me, told me he loved my film and that he really thought I could play there and be a good recruit for them. Great news for me hearing that from them, being such a prestigious school.”
Notre Dame’s recruitment of Young reached a new level this week when visit plans began to form.
“We’ve just been in contact ever since and we’ve been talking back and forth pretty much every week,” Young said. “He actually stopped by the school (on Monday) and gave some great news that they’re ready to offer, they just want to reassure that I’m 100 percent the type of player that they could use, speed-wise and everything else. They just want me to come down in June and see me work out.”
Young is eager to get to South Bend to show the coaching staff he’s ready to compete on the big stage.
“It’s going to be a great day,” Young said. “I’ve always been a hard worker. I’m going to go out there and earn a scholarship.”
With Nebraska, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, Army, UMass, Old Dominion and Toledo rounding out his offer list, an Irish offer would be the biggest to date for Young.
“Oh man, I don’t even know where to start about Notre Dame,” Young said. “Their history, playing all the big schools, playing on the best stages, some of the best players in the country, it’s the competition that I’ve always dreamed of playing with and against. It’s just an awesome opportunity for myself. I’m really looking forward to earning a scholarship and being able to be proud that my work is being noticed by the top of the top.”
The Irish aren’t the only strong FBS program knocking on the door.
“There are a couple of schools also recruiting me,” Young said. “West Virginia, UNC, Boston College, Duke and a couple other schools.”
If Young earns an offer from the Irish this summer, he will continue to move through his recruiting process slowly and methodically.
“I’m going to focus on my senior season, make it great, make it a memorable one,” Young said. “So, I’m going to wait until after (my season), take all the time I need and come to the best decision for me.”
As of now, the Young family are in the planning stages of their trip to South Bend. Things are looking good for his attendance at Irish Invasion.
“We’re mapping it out right now,” Young said. “It seems like it’s going to be a high possibility (I’ll attend Irish Invasion). I have nothing (scheduled) on the days of the camp. We’re just mapping it out and finding the best way to get down there. It’s highly possible.
“I’m ready. I’m so excited. I can’t wait.”
The football-oriented Young family has ties to the biggest stage of Indiana football.
“I was raised here in coastal (Pennsylvania) with my two brothers,” Young said. “Oldest, Jordan (redshirt freshman, Old Dominion) and youngest, Aaron, he’s a sophomore running back. My dad (Anthony Young) played at Temple University and then went on to the pros. He played for the Indianapolis Colts. We’re a football family.”
Young is an important addition to Notre Dame’s recruiting radar. The Irish are likely seeking three cornerbacks this cycle. Getting recruits on campus this summer is crucial to the success of their 2018 class.