UPDATE: Chase Young has told college football insider Bruce Feldman that the "family friend" in question is neither a booster nor a sports agent.
The plot concerning Chase Young's eligibility issues at Ohio State continues to thicken. The defensive standout for the Buckeyes will not participate in the team's Saturday matchup against Maryland after he admitted to accepting a loan from an individual he described as "family friend." Initially, it sounded like a story that had a chance to be contained with out too much additional mess.
Now, however, it appears that this "family friend" is player agent duly recognized by the NFLPA, per ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio. This would surely a whole new layer of trouble to this growing debacle.
There are plenty of obvious issues that arise from this loan-giver being a certified agent. Young, who has logged 13.5 sacks so far in his monstrous junior year for the Buckeyes, is widely expected to be one of the top picks in the 2020 NFL draft.
While this drama has little chance of affecting his draft stock, it could drastically affect his path to being officially signed by an agent before the draft, to say nothing of what it means for OSU's title-contending season. And for the alleged agent, harsh sanctions could be in the offing if unlawful transactions did occur.
There's still plenty of details to be uncovered here, so this will certainly be something to keep an eye on, as this story could significantly alter both the college football and NFL landscapes in the months to come.