Notre Dame catches the attention of WR prospect Michael Young

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Michael Young kept relying on the same word to describe his visit to Notre Dame — great.

So great, in fact, the three-star wide receiver used the word nine times in an interview of less than seven minutes. Suffice to say, his three-day trip to South Bend for the Irish Invasion camp went well.

“Everything about it was great— the tour, sitting down with the coaches, meeting with the players,” Young said.

The 2017 wide receiver target from Destrehan, La., had imagined a much bigger campus than the one he encountered at Notre Dame.

“When I took the tour around the campus, it’s not big at all,” Young said. “It’s very small and quiet, just how I like it.”

When it came to the football program, Young was better prepared to understand what to expect from Notre Dame.

“They don’t hide from anybody at all,” Young said. “The play anybody and everybody. And they’re always on national TV. It’s that exposure which is meaningful for a guy like me as I’m trying to make it to the next level.”

Young has a long way to go until he’s ready for the NFL. Rivals doesn’t even rank Young as one of the top 100 receivers in the 2017 class. 247Sports gives him a more favorable ranking, as the No. 39 wide receiver and No. 334 prospect regardless of position.

But the Notre Dame coaching staff likes what it sees in Young. His skill set and 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame make Young a slot receiver candidate, but the Irish are open to letting him play on the outside.

The honesty Young received from wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock really hit home.

“He was real with me,” Young said. “Other schools will promise things. ‘You’re going to start as a sophomore. You’re going to start as a freshman. You’re going to play as a freshman.’

“He was like, ‘I’m not going to do that. We want you bad. We want you like crazy. I’m determined to get you. ‘But,’ he was saying, ‘I’m not going to promise you that you’re going to come here and play like these others schools do. The only thing I’m going to do is promise you the opportunity to play if you come in and do what you have to do on and off the field.’ ”

Young’s mother made the visit with him and has already given her approval.

“My mom loved it. My mom liked it from the beginning,” Young said. “When we went on the trip, she liked it even more. She’s definitely on board.”

Yet Young wants to take a closer look at some more schools. Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Missouri and Minnesota are all on his visit wish list. Summer trips to those schools could come before Young plans on making a decision, in late July or early August.

Regardless, Young plans to return to Notre Dame for another visit. Will his next trip to South Bend be as an Irish commit?

“I’ll get back up for a game in the fall,” Young said. “Definitely.”

Three-star wide receiver Michael Young plans to return to Notre Dame for a game in the fall following his Irish Invasion visit. (Photo courtesy of Student Sports)