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5-star DE Chase Young on playing at Maryland with Josh Kaindoh: ‘It’d be real’

Highlights and an interview with one of the country’s top defensive ends, a Maryland target.

The Maryland football program has one five-star defensive end verbally committed for 2017. The Terrapins would really like to have two.

I caught up with DeMatha’s Chase Young this week at The Opening, the Nike-backed showcase for elite college football recruits. Above is a quick portion of our interview and some highlights of Young’s week in Beaverton, Ore.

Because of the event’s media setup, it was hard to get a great view of a lot of the showcase’s line play. But Young looked strong in the portion of the festivities that was actually visible, and he said he’s working on adding power to his considerable frame and athleticism.

Maryland is one of approximately 128 teams that’d love to have Young join up come the 2017 season. The Ohio State delegation at The Opening recruited, led by quarterback Tate Martell, recruited Young particularly hard. But so did Josh Kaindoh, the five-star Maryland commit who popped into the background at one point to do a little on-camera recruiting of his friend.

Young is planning an official visit to Alabama this season, as is four-star DeMatha teammate (and elite dancer) Anthony McFarland. This won’t be an easy recruitment, but it’d come with an enormous payoff if Maryland can lock it down.