According to multiple sources, Irish Illustrated and 247Sports have learned that, barring a last second change of heart, a Fighting Irish wide receiver will leave the program effective immediately and transfer upon an expected graduation in early 2020.
We’ve been informed that Michael Young is set to grad transfer from Notre Dame and will look to finish his final two years of eligibility elsewhere.
On Saturday, look for wide receivers Chase Claypool, Chris Finke and Braden Lenzy to be the starting trio for the Fighting Irish vs. Michigan.
As a freshman, Young had four catches for 18 yards and a touchdown during four games played. In year two, he had seven catches for 138 yards and a touchdown in seven games played, including a score against his home state LSU Tigers in the Citrus Bowl, a game the Fighting Irish won, 21-17. This season, upon returning from a broken collarbone suffered in the preseason, Young has six catches for 21 yards during his three games played. He will redshirt this season and have two years to play at his next stop.
The 5-11, 190-pounder had high hopes heading into this season, but that injury just prior to game one vs. Louisville really set him back. Young recently spoke about his missed time and was excited about getting back into the swinging things and doing what he could to help the Fighting Irish this fall.
“Going through the spring process, spring practices, and then going through fall camp, you work so hard to get to that moment to where you can finally play the first game of the season, and go out there and have fun, and then to get injured, and have to sit back and watch for a while, when I got out there vs. Virginia, I can’t even explain how I felt. I was literally overwhelmed with emotion. I was so hyped and so amped,” said Young. “I literally had to calm myself down when I was out there. It’s funny, because normally I’m one of the guys that, I don’t say much before games, because I’m very anxious, because obviously I want to go out there and perform to the best of my ability, but last week it was just full-go from morning to night, until after the game. I was so hyped and amped. I was just excited to get out there and play again with my guys that I’ve been working with for the past year and a half.”
Young arrived in South Bend as part of the 2017 class. He was ranked as a Top 50 wide receiver nationally per 247Sports and a Top 20 prospect in the state of Louisiana out of Destrehan high school. As a senior, he led his team to an 11-1 record and totaled 35 catches for 507 yards and six touchdowns. He was named a First-Team wide receiver on the Louisiana District 7-5A squad. He chose the Fighting Irish over scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Texas A&M, UCF, Virginia and many others.