Record-setting Mitchell High quarterback Ben Young has accepted a preferred walk-on position with the Appalachian State football program.
Young is WNC’s all-time leader in games played (58) and wins as a quarterback (47-11 record).
He also ranks second in four career records for local high school players – total offense (11,235 yards), touchdown responsibility (143), passing yardage (7,972) and passing touchdowns (88).
Young never missed a game, making 58 consecutive starts in four seasons. He led the Mountaineers to the playoffs all four seasons, posting a 10-4 mark in postseason games.
The program played for a 1A state title in 2015 and reached the state semifinals in 2016.
“He was our quarterback from Day 1 of his freshman season,” said Mitchell coach Travise Pitman.
“He has been the ideal athlete on the field and the ideal student off the field. He’s just everything you want in an athlete and a young man.
“He’s done so much for this school and this football program and I’m sure he will do the same at Appalachian State.
“We’re very proud of him and very happy for him.”
Appalachian State has made a very successful conversion to FBS football after winning three straight FCS national titles (2005-07).
The program is 30-9 over the past three seasons and has won three straight bowl games under coach Scott Satterfield.
Young is expected to play the H-back position in Boone.