The Young File
- Class: 2017
- Size: 6-5/225
- Pos: DE
- School: DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★
- Composite Rank: 3 (WSDE)
The Buckeyes signed a pair of the nation's top defensive ends a few months ago. At Friday Night Lights, they've added one of the country's best to their already top-ranked 2017 recruiting class.
Chase Young, who hails from Maryland's powerhouse DeMatha Catholic program, has committed to Ohio State.
For the last couple months – and especially during the spring – the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder has spent a significant amount of time in Columbus as well as nearby College Park. The Buckeyes had previously been mentioned as a contender for Young, but there really wasn't a lot of chatter until after he made the trip to campus during the first week of April for the Student Appreciation Day festivities.
As for the Terps, many pegged them as the team to beat. The nation's No. 3 weak-side defensive end has been to the campus at least four times dating back to February, often making the trip with a number of DeMatha teammates. Young was most recently on Maryland's campus in mid-June.
It's no surprise really, but Young has developed a tremendous relationship with the Buckeyes' ace DMV recruiter, defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Credit also has to be given to two recent signees, Dwayne Haskins and Keandre Jones.
Young holds offers from pretty much every school you would imagine for one of the nation's top prospects. Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, LSU, and USC just to name a few. He was in Tuscaloosa checking out the Crimson Tide less than a week ago.
Young is the 15th commitment for the 2017 class and the first defensive end to hop on board. Given the depth at the position, there is a chance that he could be the lone edge-rusher in the class.
Eleven Warriors will have more on Chase Young's commitment soon.