Ohio State defensive end Chase Young does not seem entirely committed to the NFL Draft, at least not yet.
The Heisman Trophy finalist told TMZ Sports late Friday night that his “plan” is to return to Ohio State in 2020, and when asked if he was focused on the draft at all, Young replied, "nah."
If Young really is serious about foregoing the draft for his senior season, it would be a major blow to teams looking to add a game-changing pass rusher, and a major victory for Ohio State.
Of course, it seems highly unlikely Young follows through on this plan.
If he were to declare for the NFL Draft, Young would most likely be the first non-quarterback off the board, and could even be the top overall pick depending on which team lands the No. 1 pick.
The 20-year-old junior has been the best defensive player in the NCAA this year, leading the nation with 16.5 sacks — an Ohio State school record — despite missing two games due to a suspension for violating NCAA rules. He won the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is given to the best defensive player, and is in New York City this weekend as the only defensive player and non-quarterback finalist for the Heisman Trophy award, too.
Young could just be keeping his focus on the present and not trying to cause any distractions as Ohio State gears up to face defending champion Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, the semifinal game in the College Football Playoff on Dec. 28.
So while he says remaining a Buckeye is his plan right now, we’ll see if he actually sticks to that plan.