Defensive line is arguably Alabama’s biggest position of need in the Class of 2017, and Chase Young feels like a priority to the Crimson Tide.
Young, a four-star defensive end from DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, Md.) told SEC Country’s Corey Masisak at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in Washington, D.C. that he feels wanted by the Alabama staff.
“I think I’m really high on their board, and that’s what they’ve been showing me,” Young said.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder said he talks to the Alabama staff “all of the time,” specifically outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi. Young also said that his next college visit will be to Alabama.
The nation’s No. 4 defensive end spoke about why he’s so interested in the Crimson Tide.
“Alabama is the best of the best,” Young said. “If you go there, you’re going to put in work every day. You’ll have that chip on your shoulder every day and it’s going to help you out in the long run.”
His coach at DeMatha, Elijah Brooks, said Young isn’t worried about any competition on the next level.
“I think his competitiveness separates him from the pack,” Brooks said. “He wants to be the best.”
Alabama isn’t the only school Young is high on. He mentioned Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Arizona State and Maryland as schools he’s strongly considering at this.
It’s unclear where Young stands on Alabama’s big board at defensive end right now, as Alabama is also targeting Ryan Johnson (Mobile, Ala.), LaBryan Ray (Madison, Ala.) and Robert Beal (Norcross, Ga.) at the position. Those three players appear to be higher on Alabama’s board than Young.
Things could change if Young does end up making that first visit to Tuscaloosa and the coaching staff falls in love with him.
Young is rated as the state of Maryland’s No. 1 prospect.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.