Chase Young is ranked as the No. 2 weak-side defensive end recruit in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
His surge in the rankings follows a breakout junior season in which he had 19 sacks, 27 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles and reached The Opening Finals. That success also included an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Young received his honorary jersey Monday in a ceremony at his high school, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“Last year a lot of teams didn’t know about me, but this year a lot of more do,” Young told D1Gridiron.com, a partner of USA TODAY High School Sports. “They game plan for me and around me. It’s harder to make plays. Sometimes you get double teams, triple teams or get hit by the running back.”
That hasn’t stopped Young or the unbeaten Stags, who are ranked sixth in the Super 25.
“We’re DeMatha and we have to show people whey that brand is nationwide and put out every game,” Young said.
Young is also heading to another strong brand in football. He committed to Ohio State in July and is planning to visit campus for the game against Michigan.
“It’s just a lovely place and I want to go into criminal justice and they have a program,” he said. “Coach (Urban) Meyer is a coach who wants to win. The defensive line coach, coach (Larry) Johnson is best in the nation. When I go up there, it’s like a brotherhood. I didn’t get any funny vibes from any of the players.”
He also uses the term brotherhood to describe his teammates, who he says are among the biggest things he will miss after leaving DeMatha.
“We just have a lot of fun,” he said.
Watch Young’s interview with D1Gridiron.com, a partner of USA TODAY High School Sports: