Five-star defensive end Chase Young made the decision to give a verbal commitment to Ohio State on the Columbus campus Friday night, Bill Kurelic of 247Sports.com reports.
Tonight marked the Buckeyes’ Friday Night Lights camp, and Young — 247Sports’ No. 28 overall prospect in the country and Maryland’s No. 1-ranked potential recruit — informed the coaching staff he intends to attend become part of Ohio’s premier football program.
Young stopped in the middle of a workout in order to inform Urban Meyer of his decision, Ari Wasserman of cleveland.com reports. Meyer immediately hugged defensive line coach Larry Johnson, per Wasserman.
Ohio State has now secured verbal commitments from 17 class of 2017 prospects. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound rising senior who plays for DeMatha High School drew scholarship offers from numerous programs, including most of the current powers, but opted for the Big Ten’s current top program.
Per Scout.com, the edge performer was giving strong consideration to USC, Notre Dame and Maryland, with the Terrapins being wounded most by this decision given their lack of firepower on par with the other two next-best finishers in this derby.
“I like the coaching staff,” Young said, via Brian Dohn of Scout.com. “(Defensive line) coach Johnson is the best defensive line coach in the country. One thing you know about coach (Urban) Meyer is he’s a winner. You know that from looking at his history coaching. He’s a winner.”
Part of a powerful Hyattsville, Md., high school program, Young visited both Ohio State and Maryland. ESPN.com ranks the 226-pound end as the No. 32 overall prospect.