Four favorites for Ga. OL Yankey

One of the most encouraging developments in Stanford recruiting under Coach Jim Harbaugh has been the Cardinal's ability to lure some of Georgia's best players to Palo Alto. How does David Yankey fit into that trend?

OL David Yankey (Centennial HS, Roswell, Ga.) is one of the more highly recruited offensive tackles in the Peach State, and is one of the top tackle targets on Stanford's recruiting board. In an exclusive interview with The Bootleg earlier this week, Yankey discussed his top four schools, his visit plans, and what he is looking for in a potential college destination.

"My recruitment has been going pretty good," David Yankey said. "I've been talking to a lot people and a lot of schools have been getting in the mix lately, since they're allowed to."

Yankey is now up to ten total offers.

"The three SEC schools that have offered are Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee," Yankey said. "Then there's a bunch of ACC schools like North Carolina, Duke, NC State and Wake Forest. Then there's Stanford, UCLA and a couple of others that I can't remember of the top of my head that have offered."

And while Yankey likely won't make a final decision until his senior year, some schools are starting to stand out for him.

"Not in any order, but my top four schools are the four that are recruiting me the hardest - Duke, South Carolina, Florida, and Stanford," he said.

Yankey expanded on what he liked about each of his favorites.

"South Carolina offered me right after my sophomore year," Yankey said. "I know what's going on there and I've known them for a while.

"Duke and Stanford are both great schools and are probably the two that are recruiting me the hardest. I'm excited about both of them. Then Florida is obviously national champion."

When it does come time to make a college decision, Yankey will likely choose the school that offers the best combination of academics and football.

"I want a good academic school and a good football school," Yankey said. "I've got to like the coaches and I obviously want to win as well."

Yankey added that while he would like his parents to be able to attend most of his games, distance would not be a determining factor in his recruitment.

"Obviously I want my family to be able to come to the games and I want to go to a good school to get a good education, but it's pretty much my decision."

"I don't think distance will be a factor. I don't think it will really affect me too much."

In addition to taking unofficial visits to favorite schools near his hometown in Georgia, Yankey hopes to take a trip to the West Coast before he ends his recruitment.

"I definitely want to visit Stanford and get out to the West Coast this summer for an unofficial, and then probably come back for an official later in the fall," Yankey said.

Yankey is being recruited as a tackle by the Stanford staff, in large part because that is the only position on the offensive line he has ever played.

"I've got good feet and good hips and I'm really long and lengthy, which is good for pass blocking," Yankey said.

And while Yankey won't set any speed records, he posts solid numbers in the bench press and squat for a 6'5, 278 pound offensive lineman.

"On the 40-yard dash, I run about a 5.4 which is pretty slow but most colleges aren't worried about that," Yankey said. "I bench about 275 and squat 450."

Yankey reports a 1310 two-part SAT score and a numeric GPA of 90.


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