North American Championship is 'teaching and learning experience' for Under-19 National Team defensive end Chase Young

By Stephen Spiewak | Posted 1/25/2017

Defensive end Chase Young plays at one of the nation’s top high school football programs in DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), so the 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end is already very skilled for his age.

However, the Ohio State commit and member of the U.S. Under-19 National Team has a focus on honing his craft this week as the team prepares to face Canada in Saturday’s North American Championship.

Young said that his time with the U.S. National Team has been very instructional.

“We’re coached really well by the Bishop Gorman coaches,” Young said, referencing the Under-19 coaching staff led by head coach Kenny Sanchez, who led Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) to a national title this year. “This is more (focused on) teaching. This is more of a teaching and learning experience (compared to other events).”

Young highlighted improving his squeezing technique when reacting to an option play with a pulling guard as something tangible he’ll take with him when he leaves Orlando.

On Saturday night, Young will line up alongside fellow defensive linemen D.J. Johnson (Sacramento, Calif.), Dalyn Wade-Perry (Sparta, N.J.) and Fred Hansard (Burlington Township, N.J.) as the talented U.S. defensive line looks to set the tone against the Canadian offensive.