Greenwood, Ind.--One of the top football prospects in the country, four-star Russ Yeast was once committed to Kentucky, the same program his father Craig Yeast starred at in the late 1990’s. Backing off that decision, the 5-11, 182-pounder with an electronic 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds is now looking at several programs including Auburn, Louisville, Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern and Ole Miss as he tries to find his future home.
“I’m going to take it relatively slow,” Yeast told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “I just want to make sure I give all the schools a proper look, do my research, and make the proper decision.”
Having a father that has gone through the process and also played in the NFL is something that Yeast said he will lean on as he prepares to make a very tough decision.
“I helps a lot,” he said of having his father to guide him through the process. “He can give me a lot of advice on what to do and what not to do. There’s nothing but positive about it.”
Getting an offer from the Auburn Tigers soon after his decommitment from the Wildcats, Yeast has been in contact with DB Coach Wesley McGriff a good bit since that time. Already with knowledge of the program, he said he definitely wants to learn more about the Tigers in the weeks and months to come.
“I know Auburn, any given year they can be competing for a national championship,” Yeast said. “Auburn speaks for itself. It’s the SEC, and you can’t beat the SEC, and it’s the SEC West. I definitely have interest in them.”
Saying that about 90 percent of his colleges are recruiting him as a defensive back, Yeast said McGriff has already given him a pretty good idea of why the Tigers like him and have a strong interest in getting him on campus for a visit.
“He said he likes my size at the corner position and my speed,” Yeast noted. “He said that he needs guys out on the edge that can compete early because their cornerback situation is not great right now. They are a team that has opportunities if I go in there and work.”
Planning to visit Auburn sometime in July or possibly for an official visit in the fall, Yeast said he’s looking forward to learning more about the program.
“I definitely want to visit, maybe sometime in July,” Yeast said. “I want to try to visit Auburn and Ole Miss at the same time since they are both in the South area. I think I want to plan on doing that and if not I want to set up an official visit.”
With no set timetable for making a final decision, Yeast said he’s just trying to find the right fit at the moment, but hopes to get something done in the fall.
“I would like to make my decision before my senior season ends, maybe even in the middle of the season,” Yeast said. “I want to make sure I get in a few officials before I make my decision. I think I want to have it narrowed down to maybe three schools before I start the season.”