One of the Buckeyes' top defensive line targets in 2017, Hyattsville, Maryland defensive end Chase Young, is en route to Columbus for a weekend visit with Ohio State.
Young, a 6-foot-5, 220-pounder at DeMatha Catholic, is the country's 53rd-ranked overall prospect and 4th-ranked defensive end. Ohio State has been at the top of his list for a while now and despite a recruitment that's been a bit less in your face than some others, he's a prospect the Buckeyes have a lot of interest in as well.
The visit will be a big one for Young, who holds offers from almost 40 schools. Ohio State's "Student Appreciation Day" on Saturday will serve as a unique backdrop and give Larry Johnson, who has been instrumental in keeping the Buckeyes in the mix for Young, a chance to show him what separates the Buckeyes from Maryland, Alabama and others.
While much of the defensive end focus has been on IMG Academy five-star Joshua Kaindoh, Young is a target viewed very much as a difference maker by Ohio State and is a player they'd love to add to the nation's top-ranked 2017 class.
In the 2016 Ohio State had a commitment from Maryland's Terrell Hall, who signed at Alabama, but landed two of the state's top players in quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Jr. and linebacker Keandre Jones as Urban Meyer, Luke Fickell–and of course Larry Johnson–continue to make the East Coast a priority.