Sunday began with Easter Sunday and the University of Cincinnati football recruitment staff added another gem to their basket with Notre Dame Fighting, the transfer of Irish graduate Michael Young.
Young entered the transfer portal at the end of October after capturing six passes for 21 yards in three matches with the Irish player in 2019. He suffered a collarbone injury in the preseason. Young will soon be eligible to play for Bearcats.
As a sophomore, he has seven catches for 138 yards and a goal in seven matches. As a freshman, he played in four games with four wins over 18 yards and scores. The second year he had a goal for Ireland at the Citrus Bowl against LSU, his home state team. Young is from Saint Rose, Louisiana, about 15 minutes from New Orleans.
UC offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock was Brian Kelly’s staff at Notre Dame and initially recruited Young. When he was available again, Denbrock pounced.
“It’s a very long process,” Young said. “As soon as I head to the portal, look, Coach Denbrock immediately reaches out. From the moment he reaches out, we are as fit as we did when he sat in my room when I was 17.”
Young was initially offered by many schools at Destrehan High School in Louisiana which he led with a record of 11-1 and the semifinals of the state of Louisiana in 2016 with 35 catches and six goals. He was the recipient of the First Team in the Louisiana Class 5A Class 7 teams in 2015 and 2016.
Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Missouri, Minnesota, UCF and Virginia are among the original applicants.
“I am fortunate enough to have many, many opportunities to go to several different places,” Young said of the recent process. “As soon as Denbrock reached out, my mind was rather fixed on Cincinnati from day one. You see what Coach Fickell is doing with this program, it’s clear.”
Young is 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds and will receive a degree from Notre Dame in television studies soon.
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