Young originally committed to Virginia Tech in 2010, where he redshirted his freshman year before transferring to New Mexico the following year. After sitting out the 2011 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Young attended Iowa Western Community College in the spring. Young's coach at New Mexico was current Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who was fired from New Mexico last September.
As a high-school senior at H.D. Woodson High School in Washington, D.C., in 2009, Young earned Gatorade State Player of the Year honors. As a junior, he threw for 3,089 yards and 31 touchdowns and gained 780 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
Rivals rated Young as a three-star recruit and the No. 21 dual-threat quarterback in the country coming out of high school.
“We’re glad he’s decided to come back home and be part of the excitement that is building around the program,” Edsall said.