D.C. Athlete has what Panthers lack

The University of Pittsburgh defense seriously lacks pass rush from the outside edge. The Panthers currently feature defensive ends that are bulky and slow of foot, or undersized players with speed. One current prospect reminds some scouts of Boston College All-American candidate Mathias "Kiwi" Kiwanuka, and he is very interested in the Panthers.

Gonzaga (D.C.) high school defensive end Charles Young (6-7, 235, 4.85) is making up for lost time. Young missed his entire junior campaign with bone fragments in his right big toe. This season Young has already tallied 5 ½ sacks.

"Coach is playing me at DE instead of both ways now I have more energy and can just get after the QB," said Young

After missing an entire season Young will never take anything for granted again.

"It is so hard watching your teammates play every weekend while you just sit there. You might not think you'll miss it until it is taken away from you."

Young receives calls on a regular basis from Pittsburgh, Akron, Marshall, Wake Forest, Illinois, and Michigan State. One of the schools has a definite advantage right now.

"Pittsburgh is my first choice by far, I like it there and my mom loves it there."

Sounds like a commitment could be forthcoming?

"If Pitt offers it would be tough to not except right away."

Could Pittsburgh receive a visit in the near future?

"It's tough because we play our games on Saturdays, so I have to try and find a date that will work."

As for the injury it's a thing of the past according to Young.

"I'm a 100% and it hasn't bothered me at all."

Young is currently in the process of sending out senior game film to the schools that have called. Pittsburgh will be receiving the tape very soon.

"I hope they like what they see."

Currently Young has a core GPA of 2.7 and he is scheduled to take the SAT on Nov 1st.

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