ACCOLADES: Young led DeMatha to a 12-0 record and a state title in 2016 by recording 118 tackles, 37 tackles for loss and 19 sacks as a senior. He forced five fumbles and returned a strip sack and an interception for touchdowns. The Washington Post named Young the all-metropolitan defensive player of the year, and he was named a U.S. Army All-American.
YOUNG SAYS: “I think I’m the best D-end in the nation and I was their only target. Ohio State is the best football team in America. If you’re their only target, you better go, so that’s what I did.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “Young is a force on the edge coming off the blind side. He is cat-quick and changes direction well. He fires off the ball and plays with a low pad level. Young knows how to use his hands to disengage, and he plays with a great motor. He has the speed to chase down plays on the back side. Young is not asked to drop into coverage, but he has the athleticism to do that as well. Once he gets stronger, he will dominate games regularly.” – Brian Dohn
PERSONAL: He is the son of Carla and Greg Young. Before going to DeMatha, Chase played for two years at Pallotti High School in Laurel, Md. He was one of the standouts at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and competed at The Opening finals.
2017 OUTLOOK: Ohio State is stacked with talent at the defensive end position. With starters Jalyn Holmes, Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis returning and reserves Rashod Berry, Nick Bosa and Jonathan Cooper back in the fold, Chase Young may have difficulty finding playing time this season. A redshirt could be in play for the Hyattsville, Md., native.
COMMIT DATE: July 22, 2016
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