Craig Young sent in his Letter of Intent to Ohio State on Wednesday, officially making him a member of the Buckeyes’ 2019 recruiting class.
Here’s a look at what he could mean for the future of the program.
Weight: 200 lbs
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
247 Composite Rating: 3-star, No. 600 player overall
Position Rank: No. 33 athlete
When He Committed: June 2018, over schools like Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Projection: One of the lowest-ranked players in the Buckeyes’ 2019 class, Young might also be one of the most intriguing.
He played wide receiver for his high school team, but could end up almost anywhere on the field for the Buckeyes before his college career is over.
At 6-foot-4, he could be a tall, possession wide receiver at the “X” position like Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor.
He could bulk up and play tight end.
But Young is most likely going to end up playing somewhere on the defensive side of the ball.
He’s already safety-sized, or could be a tall cornerback. But with a little more bulk, he could be an outside linebacker or even a pass-rushing defensive end.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) December 19, 2018
Young’s athletic ability blew away OSU coaches during a camp this summer, earning him an offer. They figured he was going to have a good chance to turn into something impressive at the college level, even if they don’t know exactly what that will be just yet.
It’s the same basic storyline you might remember from Darron Lee’s recruitment.
A Darron Lee-level outcome is far from a guarantee here. It will probably be a year or two before the coaching staff even knows for sure where Lee will end up.
Brendon White went through a similar process early in his career, bouncing back and forth from wide receiver to defensive back before settling at safety.
Wherever Young ends up, he should be fun to watch.
Craig Young’s Highlight Reel