Cornerback Avery Young arrived in South Bend this weekend determined to leave a strong impression at Irish Invasion.
The three-star ’18 cornerback from Coatesville, Pa., toured the campus with his father and brother, Aaron Young, a class of ‘19 running back, before competing in the camp portion of the event held Saturday night.
“It was an amazing visit,” Young said. “The campus was beautiful. I got to talk to the coaching staff. I did well at the camp and my brother Aaron did well at the camp. I’m just waiting on the call sometime (soon).”
Young had a high opinion of Notre Dame prior to his first visit to South Bend.
Now that he’s experienced the campus and what the football program has to offer, he’s completely sold.
“It was even more than what I expected,” Young said. “It was just a great school. It really, really was exciting to be there and I guess we’ll find out pretty soon whether I earned a scholarship in their eyes and if that does come true, it’ll just make my decision that much harder because I really like the University of Notre Dame.”
Young was able to have in-depth conversations with multiple staff members, including his position coach.
“They were talking about my future if I would be fortunate enough to attend that school there,” Young said. “They told me about the history and that and how prestigious it was and the university as well. It’s a place where you can thrive as a student-athlete. It was an interesting conversation.”
“I got to talk with coach (Todd) Lyght. Me and my dad sat down with him. He was talking about my potential future at the University. We went into depth about the opportunities I would have earning a degree there. He talked about how many doors the University opened up for him and potentially myself.”
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound corner is confident that he satisfied the coaching staff and showed them that he can compete at Notre Dame.
“I didn’t lose a one-on-one,” Young said. “I think I showed them everything they needed to see. I showed them my footwork, my ball skills. I didn’t lose one matchup. I showed them my ability and my range. I wish we had more time for one-on-one’s so I could show them my ability to play safety as well.”
“They saw my versatility up close and personal and I felt confident in my abilities, playing corner and matching up with the other corners.”
Going forward with his summer, Young plans to make other visits whether he earns an Irish offer or not.
“We’re definitely going to visit more schools,” Young said. “We’re going to visit Rutgers again. We’re going to visit Maryland again and might visit Navy while we’re down there. I’m not sure about the Army and Syracuse.”
Recently, Young decided to move his decision timeline up. He had previously planned to take his official visits and commit after his senior year.
“I’m going to move my commitment up to mid-season because things change so quickly and kids get left out to dry in this new process.”
Young holds offers from Boston College, Kent State, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Syracuse, Toledo and Army.
An offer from Notre Dame would make a significant impact on his recruitment.