Yancey heading to Army

The day after returning from the Army-Navy game, Will Yancey announced via Twitter that he had given his verbal commitment to Army. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end was a four-year starter at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn, Ga.

Yancey spoke to ArmySports.com on what prompted his decision to attend West Point.

"It was Coach Ware who I committed to Monday evening," Yancey said. "I committed to him in person while he was making an in-home visit. He was real excited when I did and came over and gave me a big hug. With West Point, it just about the opportunity it's going to provide me with after college. I feel like I'll be receiving the type of education that will set me up, possibly, for the rest of my life. It's a big commitment to make, but the benefits of West Point will help me throughout my lifetime. I don't have to worry about landing a job right out of college, I know I'll already have one waiting on me.

"I was on campus on an unofficial visit the weekend of the Rice game. The atmosphere around the campus was awesome. The place is really beautiful. Then I went last weekend to the Army-Navy game which was incredible. I thought Army should have won the game. A bounce of the ball here or there and they would have. It was crazy stuff.

"I first meet with Army in the spring when they stopped by during the evaluation period. A week later I had the offer. I was very excited to receive it at the time and definitely started thinking about possibly going there right away. I had 12 offers from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Furman, Fordham, Jacksonville State, Chattanooga, Davidson, and a few others. I'd have to say Furman and Fordham were the two we were looking at the most beside Army."

In the third game of his junior season, Yancey tore his ACL against Wilkinson County. The coaches at Landmark Christian Academy didn't want to take any chances and put him at right tackle for the majority of the year. The moved paid major dividends as Yancey was named 2014 Lineman of the Year in the Georgia Class A, Region 5B.

"The move to offensive this year precautionary," he said. "It cut down on my movement on the field. I'll be playing d-end at Army. I play with a very high motor and high intensity. It was one of the things Army really said they liked about me when they first started recruiting me. They also said they love how often I'm getting in the backfield and making plays. Hopefully, I'll get the chance to do that again next year. I'll be going into West Point direct.

"I feel like a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders. I'm excited about being a part of the whole Army experience especially being able to serve our country. It's great to know where I'll be going after graduation."

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