Young says yes to the Huskies

It's been a long and circuitous route to Montlake for Chancellor Young. As a senior at O'Dea in 2004, Young was a top recruit and had several offers from across the country. Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and Washington were all major players for Young's services, but he decided to head all the way to Durham, North Carolina to play for the Duke Blue Devils.

After a year at Duke, where he saw some playing time as a true freshman, Young packed his bags and headed back to the Pacific Northwest, to the warm confines of home and to the friends and family he had left behind.

"Duke has a great program down there, but it just wasn't a fit for me," Young told "I wasn't homesick. I could deal with being away from home. It was just that when we were on breaks or over the weekends, I couldn't really get away to see my family if I wanted to. It just wasn't the fit for me."

When he returned to Seattle, he took his time deciding what he wanted to do, but that soon came clear when he started talking to the Washington coaching staff about playing for the Dawgs.

"After I left Duke, the first coach I had contact with was coach (Chris) Tormey," Young said. "He and I talked for a while and then from there I started talking to coach (Tyrone) Willingham.

"Things have been going pretty well for me. I've just been working this summer and talking to coach Willingham about playing for the Huskies."

As the coach of Notre Dame, Willingham recruited Young heavily and Young said that is one reason why he committed to Washington.

"I feel like everything is back on track for me," Young said. "I get to play for a program and a coach that wanted me coming out of high school. Coach Willingham and I got to know each other really well when he was the coach at Notre Dame and I feel very comfortable with him.

Also ringing Young's phone in recent weeks were the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins, a school that had an offer on the table back in 2004.

"Things were kind of going slow with those two schools. We were talking about the possibility of me going there, but when Washington stepped up with an offer, that was it.

"It's a great honor to be a part of this. I'm happy to be back with a program that is going to do really well. I think coach Willingham and his staff are putting the pieces in place to be successful, but it will just take a little time to get everything together. I really believe in coach Willingham."

Young's father, Charlie, also seems to believe in Willingham. The elder Young is a graduate of USC and seemed to be a big believer in the type of education a private school could provide for his son. In the end however, Willingham won out and Chancellor says his dad couldn't be happier.

"My dad's been very involved in this whole process," Young said, noting he was never pressured by his dad on where he should go to school. "He has always told me, ‘this is your decision, do what you think is best', and that has really been a blessing.

"He just wants to see me happy and knows I needed to do what was best for me. It's my time to shine and to be the best I can be and I think I can do that (at Washington)."

Young said he is also looking forward to seeing some familiar faces on his teammates. "I can't wait to get out on the field with (Huskies safety) Darin Harris, who I played little league with," Young said with a laugh. "I know a lot of those guys and I'm looking forward to building something with them."

Young will play wide receiver for the Huskies and it is still unclear whether he will enroll at Washington for fall quarter or winter quarter in early 2006. "I'll be there no later than winter quarter, but I'm hoping I can get in for fall," Young said. "Whatever happens I'm a Husky now and that's all that matters." Top Stories