Colson Yankoff (Photo by John Garcia, Jr.)

Scout's No. 15 quarterback Colson Yankoff is keeping things close to the vest ahead of upcoming decision

NEW ORLEANS -- One of the highest-ranked prospects to compete at The Opening New Orleans over the weekend was four-star quarterback Colson Yankoff. After competing he told Scout he is closing in on a decision.

Coer D'Alene (Idaho) High School quarterback Colson Yankoff has not been on record very much since parting ways with Oregon following the Ducks' coaching transition before the New Year. 

Amid basketball season, which only recently concluded, the four-star in the class of 2018 again became one of the more sought after quarterbacks in America. Cal, NebraskaTCU and several other programs have increased efforts since he hit the market. 

Oregon is still in the mix, too. 

"That's, for the most part, behind me," Yankoff said. "I've been in contact with the new staff and we're all good there. I don't have anything against them, but we're re-evaluating if you will."

Another Pac-12 school was the only other he would mention to Scout as a verbal commitment approaches.

"My most recent offer was Cal, and I'm a fan," he said with a laugh. "I think things are starting to wind down, I'm definitely at a spot where I feel like I'm somewhat close. Sooner rather than later. I don't want to say it's a secret, but I'd like to keep them (the schools) to myself. The schools in it are from all over, to be completely honest."

Yankoff was adamant about location not being a major factor in his upcoming decision. The Idahoan had just competed, and impressed, at The Opening New Orleans.

"Everything has shifted to football," he said. "It was a good initial start to the whole process. I came out and did what I could. My testing numbers, of course I would always want them to be better. I felt like I could have done better and I felt like I could have thrown the ball better, but we all have those days." 

The modest passer was among the top testers at the quarterback position nationally and finished fourth overall at the loaded event. His arm helped him to Scout's top offensive performers list as well.

After reiterating how the Ducks remain a contender for his pledge, Yankoff said his plan was to take visits surrounding the camp event to familiarize himself with programs in the region. However, a public trip didn't materialize. The rising senior said he doesn't have any confirmed visit plans going forward although he would like to make a number of stops before selecting a school.

Yankoff's caution with his words may be linked to what  he has picked up on the recruiting trail following his decommitment.

"It's all been one big learning process from the start," he said. "I don't even know if I could name things that I've learned, to be honest. Being able to have all of these options and decipher what best suits me just really has been the biggest thing." 

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