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Chase Young
2017-2018 Football Profile
Freshman - Defensive End
Season Profiles:  2017 | 2016
About Chase Young
Home Town: Hyattsville, Maryland
School: DeMatha Catholic
Height: 6-5
Weight: 226
Forty Yard: 4.94
Vertical Leap: 30.3
Shuttle Time: 4.46
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5-Star #2 WDE
5-Star #2 DE
5-Star #3 WDE
4-Star #3 DE
5-Star #2 WDE
U.S. Army All-American | USA Today Maryland Defensive Player of the Year

The Player
Chase Young is a 6-foot-5 226-pound defensive end from Hyattsville, Maryland who staked his claim as the best player in the nation at the Army All-American Bowl earlier in the month. Young, a 5-star prospect, was frequently in the backfield against some of the nation's best offensive linemen. He was as good against the run as he was against the pass, and he was very good against the pass. On film, Young gets off the line immediately but doesn't get lost in his pursuit. He is able to stay aware of where the football is and retrace his steps to defend a screen. Don't be concerned about the 4.94 listed as his 40-yard dash because his football speed is rare for a defensive end with his frame who is only going to get bigger.

The Comparison
If you want a recent comparison, he has a frame similar to Sam Hubbard, who needed to add weight like Young will. He has a long reach like Jalyn Holmes. His ability to change directions is very Hubbard like. His speed off the edge compares favorably to Jonathon Cooper. You might call Young a combination of the three.

The Fit
If you saw him in the Army All-American Bowl, the ability to fit into Ohio State's defense was apparent. He already possesses the desire to get to the quarterback that Larry Johnson demands, even on running downs. Young isn't just a speed guy because he's also able to fight his way inside against the run or on twists and stunts. He will need to add strength, but that won't be a problem. He also shows a keen awareness for the football, so he's heady as well.

The Depth Chart
There probably aren't too many deeper positions in college football next season than defensive end at Ohio State. The Buckeyes have four co-starters returning with Jalyn Holmes, Nick Bosa, Sam Hubbard, and Tyquan Lewis, who was only the B1G's Defensive Lineman of the Year. And now you also have sophomores Rashod Berry and Jonathon Cooper readying for a spot in the rotation.

The Future
I don't know how Chase Young gets into the lineup, unless he does it like Jonathon Cooper did it, which was sparingly and in blowouts. Considering you might only get two actual seasons of Young on the field if you redshirt him, Urban Meyer might be inclined to put him on the field because this will be the only way to get three years out of him. While I may not be sure how he sees the field, after watching him in the Army game, I'm also not sure how he doesn't. There is a ton of talent here, but Young is going to push some people. — Tony Gerdeman

Statistics
2016 - 119 tackles, 37 TFLs, 18 sacks, 5 FF
2015 - 89 tackles, 36 TFLs, 17 sacks

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