Ohio State landed two of the country’s best defensive ends in their 2016 class when they signed 5-star talents Nick Bosa and Jonathon Cooper. Thanks to that duo, Urban Meyer and Larry Johnson, Sr. were able to narrow their search for a complementary part in the 2017 class, rather than taking a broad, sweeping approach.
Today, with the commitment of Hyattsville (Md.) 4-star Chase Young, they’ve landed their only target at defensive end in this recruiting cycle, according to Buckeye Sports Bulletin’s Ryan Ginn.
Young, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound star at DeMatha Catholic, spent the weekend of July 22-24 at Ohio State, a trip that he made just three days after taking a three-day visit to Alabama. The Crimson Tide, along with the Maryland Terrapins, have long been considered the only legitimate threat to the Buckeyes in their longtime pursuit of country’s third-ranked defensive end. As he makes his decision, the Maryland-native chooses Ohio State over 40 other scholarship opportunities.
Looks like 5-star defensive end Chase Young has committed to Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/xsulILR9wM
— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) July 23, 2016
While in Oregon for The Opening, Young told Landof10.com that he felt the Buckeyes “wanted him more” than other programs because they’d gone out of their way to make sure he knew that he was a priority for them.
“You know, it definitely makes me feel that Ohio State just wants me more,” Young said, knowing he’s a priority for the Buckeyes. “I don’t know if that means they have a better chance, because at the end of the day it’s about what’s right for me. But it does make me feel like they want me a lot.”
Ohio State offered Young in September of 2015 and since that day they’ve been all over him, led primarily by Larry Johnson, Sr. and a pair of former Maryland prep stars that are now freshmen at Ohio State, quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Jr. and linebacker KeAndre Jones. It’s the bond with Johnson that has been a steadying force for Young throughout his recruitment.
“We don’t really just talk about football,” Young told Landof10 about Johnson. “We talk about life and how he will also develop me as a man and how I’d fit in their defense. We have a really good relationship. I text him a lot and I call him at least once a week.”
A US Army All-American selection and one of the standout performers at Nike’s The Opening in early July, Young becomes the 15th commitment in Ohio State’s top-ranked 2017 recruiting class.