Defensive End Could Continue ASU Legacy

It has been well documented that the Sun Devils pride themselves on securing the top local talent. When one of those prospects, William Yancy, is also a brother of a former ASU player, the notion of signing him to the maroon and gold is that much more attractive. The Ironwood star says that he feels the pressure to stay close to home, but is he likely to follow in his older sibling's footsteps?

Devils Digest caught up with the 6-5 220 William Yancy a day after he attended ASU's camp. "It was great," he said of that event. "I got to see all the coaches and see some players I saw before at the combine and Nike camp. It was a good time." Naturally, the defensive end is no stranger to Sun Devil stadium and its surroundings, as he followed the career of big brother Quincy Yancy who donned the maroon and gold between 1996-2000. Nevertheless, he did get to experience some new things on the ASU campus. "I've seen the facilities before, but since Quincy left the whole weight room, locker room, player lounger have all changed. The weight room is just ridiculous…when he saw all the new facilities, he said that he wished he was still playing (smile)."

Yancy was a team ball boy in the 2000 season, and overall enjoyed his early experiences at Arizona State. "I got to see a lot of my brother's games in Tempe," he recalled, "and also some away games. I got to meet the players, the coaches…it was a lot fun." He added that his most memorable Arizona State game was the 19-0 shut out victory over Nebraska.

So, is William Yancy ready to make some Sun Devil memories of his own? Time will tell, but so far the ASU coaching staff has been recruiting him in earnest. "They were the first ones to offer me a scholarship,": he remarked. "I'm getting a lot of insight from Coach Stretz and Coach Koetter through emails, and when we did get to talk in person at camp, we talked for over an hour. It was a good conversation. Of course we talked about football, but also a lot about what's going on in my life. That was really cool."

In his junior year, Yancy collected 66 tackles and 11 sacks, and much like brother Quincy, used his long wingspan to tip and block some field goal kicks. "I have a lot of quickness of the ball," he said of his skills, "and I can rush at players and also around them. I do need to work on staying low, and being even more physical with my hands and work on my upper body."

Following his early May scholarship offer by the Sun Devils, Oregon State, Purdue, UTEP, Utah, Colorado State and Boise State have all extended offers as well. "I'm gonna go to the Arizona and UTEP camps later on this summer," he said of his future plans.

No other 2007 ASU prospect has stronger ties to the school than Yancy does. Thus, how does he feel about the possibility of playing for the hometown school? "Of course staying close to home – there's nothing wrong with that," he replied. "No doubt my dad and brother are pushing me to be a Sun Devil (laughs). I wouldn't mind going away from home too. I learned a lot of new stuff that I didn't know about ASU, but I'm learning a lot of stuff about other schools too. I just want to experience the recruiting process. It's only been one month since I got my first offer, and I don't know what's waiting for me down the road."

Yancy is already academically qualified. He actually has two more classes to officially graduate, but plans to take extra credits at Ironwood to better prepare him for college. The decision on where at to attend college, looks to be a good few months away. "I think I'd like to take two three visits before I decide," he said. "I'd like to see what other schools have to offer. I think that after I take those visits, I'll be ready to make my decision."

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