After a prolific junior season, defensive end Chase Young will leave Ohio State for the NFL, where he is expected to be one of the top picks in the league’s draft this spring.
The anticipated announcement came Friday afternoon in a post on his social media accounts.
Young starred as the Buckeyes’ top pass rusher during their return to the College Football Playoff, finishing with 16½ sacks to set the single-season school record.
Few players were more productive over their college careers than Young, who compiled 30½ sacks in three seasons, second-most on Ohio State’s all-time list, behind Mike Vrabel, who had 36 sacks from 1993-96.
“After an amazing three years at Ohio State, it’s time for me to begin the next chapter,” Young wrote on his Instagram account, before thanking God, his family, coaches and teammates in a letter.
Most analysts expect Young to be taken near the top of the draft, with the Cincinnati Bengals holding the No. 1 overall pick, followed by the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions.
If Young were taken by the Redskins, it would mark a homecoming. He grew up in the Washington suburbs in Maryland.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Joey Kaufman