2006 Focus: California TE Will Yeatman

California tight end Will Yeatman (6-6, 255, 4.85) has some interesting options involving football and lacrosse.

"Right now I think I'm leaning more towards playing football in college," said Yeatman, from Rancho Bernardo High School. "But I'm also looking to play both sports, if the school has them. I might go somewhere on a football scholarship and base my college career off what sport I end up liking more after my freshman year.

"The thing with lacrosse is that some programs don't really offer full-rides, so a lot of programs are waiting for me to get a football scholarship and then see if I still want to play lacrosse.

"Lacrosse recruiting is pretty heavy this month and I actually have the head coach from Duke's lacrosse team visiting me tonight at home, so we'll just have to see how this all turns out.

"Some schools out there that I've got a lot of interest in football and lacrosse-wise are North Carolina, Michigan, Nebraska, Maryland, Duke and Notre Dame.

"I love the Tar Heels and my uncle and a really good friend of the family played lacrosse for them a while ago. They've got a great campus there and I like the Southern aspects of it.

"I'm really into the academic side of a program like Michigan. They're a top 5 public university with academics and that really says a lot. I really like the coaching staff there, especially coach (Ron) English (secondary)--he's really nice. They've got a great history and I don't think they'll be heading downhill anytime soon.

"I've spoken with coach (Bill) Busch (safeties) from Nebraska and he's a real great guy. My grandma went to college there, so I was real excited when they offered me. That was the first real big-time offer that I got for football. They've also got a great history. I've never really been to that part of the country either. But I do think they're program is heading in the right direction," said Yeatman.

"My mom went to Maryland for college and I've always loved the Terps. My whole family, from both my mom and my dad's side of the family are from the state as well. I got to take an unofficial visit there back in Feb and I met with the coaches from both lacrosse and football. They're all a bunch of great guys.

"Duke is one of those programs that hasn't been great in the past. But I like the South and Duke's academics would also be great for me in the long run," he said.

"Like I said, Notre Dame has offered me on a lacrosse scholarship and that's the way it looks like it's going to stay. The coaches there are really interested in having me walk-on for a spot on the team, even though they told me I wouldn't be treated like a walk-on. I always aspired to go to Notre Dame as a kid and I just really like everything about the school."

Yeatman has camped at USC and they've got interest in him for the offensive line, but he maintains that if he ends up playing football in college, he wants to be a tight end.

"I also went to a JR Day at USC and at San Diego State. I've got some time off from football at the end of July so I might get out to some schools for unofficial visits, but I'm not sure about that yet.

"I want to take all of my official visits and see what these schools are like, but if I end up being blown away by a school, then I'll probably commit. But I'm really looking towards November or December to give a school my verbal," he said.

"I'm definitely real good at blocking. I've also been told that I've got some great hands. I mean they're real big. I can hold a ruler in between my pinky and thumb (laughs).

"I want to just work on getting stronger and on my speed."

Final JR (9-3) stats: 26 catches/340 yds/4 TDs; 15 tackles/2 sacks; Bench: 285/Squat: 385/Power Clean: 250/Vert Jump: 28" 3.4 GPA/1500 SAT (new version)--retest unset."I want to take it again to get a better score, but I know that I'm fully qualified so far."

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