Craig Young

Big in-state receiver set for Invasion

Notre Dame will host plenty of in-state talent during the Irish Invasion on June 10. Count sophomore receiver Craig Young of Fort Wayne in that group. He’s excited about the event.

Craig Young of Fort Wayne is one of the more intriguing in-state prospects for Notre Dame in the 2019 class.

Given Young’s elite size at the position, 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, the rising sophomore is receiving attention from throughout Big 10 country. Indiana, Toledo and Wisconsin have already offered.

Now Notre Dame will get a chance to evaluate the towering athlete on home soil.

“Notre Dame has been in contact with my head coach and I will be at Irish invasion to talk to the coaches and see the campus,” Young said.

Young is enthused to see what Notre Dame has to offer. The well-rounded program has his attention.

“Notre Dame is a great school not only sports-wise but also education,” Young said.

Although South Bend is only a short drive away, his upcoming visit to Notre Dame will be a first.

“I haven't gone to any games yet but growing up, Notre Dame has been the school I grew up watching,” Young said. “My dad is a big Irish fan also. Jaylon Smith is the person I know that went to ND. He's a very special guy in the city of Fort Wayne.”

The Dallas Cowboys linebacker and Bishop Luers graduate left a strong impression on Young.

“Jaylon Smith is a nice guy, some don’t notice because how tough he is on the field,” Young said. “Every time Jaylon comes back to (Fort Wayne), he puts a lot of smiles on peoples’ faces. I know him because I used to play football with his (younger) brothers.”

Young has envisioned receiving an Irish offer. He explained what that moment would be like.

“It would be one of my best days ever,” Young said. “I would be very excited. All I could do is give the glory to the man above.”

The physically dominant wide out comes from strong football genetics.

“My dad is 6-6 and played a little bit at Kentucky State and my brother played at the University of Findlay,” Young said.

Young grew up playing several skill positions. After a growth spurt, he decided to make a position change.

“Growing up I start playing at seven (years old),” he said. “I played quarterback and running back. I’ve always been the bigger kid. When I was 12, my dad talked to me about playing wide receiver. But freshman year, my first position was quarterback, then I changed it to free safety and wide receiver.”

Although a Notre Dame offer would be a dream come true, Young explained that other programs would be in play for his commitment as well. He said he’d like to pick up some SEC interest too.

“I can say (Notre Dame) would definitely be top 5,” Young said. Top Stories