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Trojans positioning themselves for a run at five-star defensive end Chase Young

Chase Young was one of the top defensive linemen at The Opening Finals and USC remains one of his top choices.

Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic five-star defensive end Chase Young was a long ways from home at The opening Finals, but that also gave him time to think about some of his college options on the West Coast. 

At present date, USC and Oregon are the only two schools he is still considering west of the Texas. In addition to those Pac-12 representatives, Young’s list of favorite schools going into the season consists of Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida and Maryland. 

Young attributes much of his interest in USC to defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze. 

“With Coach K.U., we talk about everything, not just football," said Young. "He's just a real good coach. 

“He said he can get me to that next level, so I'm looking out there. I don't really care how far the distance is. He's a good coach who is easy to talk to and he produces good players.”

Having never been to Southern California, let alone USC, Young has plenty of questions about the Trojans’ football program. 

"A relationship between a player and coach is important because I want to see how I'm going to get treated while I'm there,” said Young. “Obviously academics are big too. 

“I want to major in criminology, so I need to see how that program is (at USC). I know it's beautiful out there and they have really good living conditions. 

“The tradition of good football — it's a different style of football out there.”

While Young has no set plans on when he would like to officially visit USC, but Los Angeles remains a location he wants to see before the recruiting process ends. 

For now, Young is ready to relax after an impressive showing at The Opening Finals. 

"It was real good to come here and see what you have to work on technique wise,” said Young. “The whole camp had me lined up on the left side and I think my take off on the left side isn't as fast as my take off from the right side

“I think I did real good competing against the best. I beat some of the the best.” Top Stories