The Opening: Chase Young talks Buckeyes, Larry Johnson from Oregon
BEAVERTON, Ore. – Ohio State remains on the mind of Hyattsville (Md.) 5-star defensive end Chase Young. The country’s third-ranked defensive end discussed his recruitment and experience at The Opening with Landof10. The nation’s premier recruiting event, held at Nike’s World Headquarters, has been an amazing experience so far according to the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Young.
“The experience, I just want to thank Nike,” Young told Landof10. “The gear, the great coaching staff – I’m being coached by Ndamukong Suh – so it’s all just a blessing. I’m just being a sponge out here, absorbing everything the coaches tell me.”
Speaking of coaches, it’s the relationship with Larry Johnson, Sr., who continues to recruit Young, that has Ohio State at the top of his list alongside Alabama and Maryland.
“(Larry) Johnson,” Young said. “We don’t really just talk about football, 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.”
On the field, Young is a dominant pass-rusher and has the frame to excel as a run-stopping defensive lineman as well. He knows how the Buckeyes will use him.
“They see me as an end in the even front,” Young said. “They play a few different fronts, but they tell me they see me as a 5-technique.”
The Buckeyes have made no serious overtures to any other defensive ends in 2017 and that’s something that is not lost on Young.
“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.”
Maryland’s top-ranked player is very close with a pair of Ohio State freshmen, Dwayne Haskins and Keandre Jones, both of whom picked the Buckeyes ahead of the hometown Terrapins in the 2016 recruiting class. Young says he speaks with them regularly and that they’re not pressuring him to join them in Columbus, but just telling him what they’re experiencing.
“I actually talked to Dwayne on Thursday,” Young said. “He likes it at Ohio State. He said the workouts are harder than they’ve been, but they are getting him right. He said he’s enjoying it. I’m looking forward to visiting for Friday Night Lights.”