It may still only be mid-July, but Notre Dame’s recruiting class looks in midseason form. Wednesday, Louisiana wide receiver Michael Young became the latest 2017 target to jump on board, picking the Irish over finalists Oregon and Texas A&M.
Young is the 17th member of an Irish class that doesn’t have much room left. He’s a three-star prospect, but was a priority target for Notre Dame’s staff at the slot receiver spot. Young made the announcement official on Twitter, posting:
“Once again I would like to thank all the schools that gave me the opportunity to continue my career at the next level. I would also like to thank my family, friends, and coaches for being by my side and helping me through this process. It was a tough decision, but I’m proud to announce that I’ve committed to the University of Notre Dame!”
Young visited Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion camp in June, a trip that had a huge impact on both he and his family. While both Oregon and Texas A&M had momentum at various times during his recruitment, position coach Mike Denbrock and area recruiter Autry Denson sealed the deal.
Also helping the Irish’s case was opportunity. With just CJ Sanders and Corey Holmes profiling as slot receivers, there’s a need at the Z, where the 5-foot-10 Young profiles. He’s the second receiver commitment in the class—Jordan Pouncey also visited South Bend for the Irish Invasion—with Notre Dame continuing to chase some national targets.