Big athletic players such as Charles from a football-productive area such as the Baltimore/D.C. Metro area are often recruited by the who's who of college football. After his sophomore season, in which he didn't start but played a lot and was continuing to grow into his 6-6 frame, Charles was expecting to be recruited heavily, until he realized one day that he couldn't bend his big toe. Doctors then informed him that the injury would require surgery and force him too miss his junior season of football and basketball. Several scouts attended Gonzaga games last year to watch WR Doug Dutch, a Michigan recruit, and his coach told them about Charles Young and they have kept in touch. Charles realizes how important this summer will be to his recruiting process.
"I don't have game tape to give coaches, so they have all said it's very important that I attend camps. I plan on attending all four of my favorite schools' football camps."
Pittsburgh and Maryland are his leaders; Pittsburgh holds the edge partly due to the fact that his mom likes the university.
"My mom loves the academics at Pittsburgh."
So what does Charles like about some of his favorites?
Pittsburgh - "The academics are solid. I like the location; it's in the city, which is important for me. It's close enough, 2 hours away, but it's not too close to home."
Maryland - "I ‘ve been there before, I like it. I like the area but it may be too close to home."
"My coach has old game tapes and I watch them. He is amazing the way he just destroyed people, and he is so athletic. I can't believe he didn't make it to the NFL."
Charles plays power forward for the Gonzaga High School basketball team. He has a 2.9 GPA and took his SATS March 27th. He has a max bench of 235 lbs. and max squat of 410 lbs.