Greenwood, Ind., Center Grove athlete Russ Yeast was one of the last players invited to the Under Armour All-American football game being held this week in Orlando, Fla.
And the University of Louisville commitment came to town with the idea of proving he was worth of the invite.
After one practice, Yeast has made a loud statement. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Yeast will play defensive back at U of L but is playing wide receiver in the All-American game and was one of the best on the field during the first practice.
"I think I had a pretty good day," Yeast said. "Obviously, I am going to play defensive back at Louisville so there was a question if I could play receiver. I think I answered the question that I can play both ways."
Scout.com analyst Chad Simmons ranked Yeast as one of the top five performers of the day and noted he "simply put on a show."
Yeast is playing for Team Highlight and was perhaps the biggest surprise of the day.
"He was very quick out of his breaks, he was quick off the line of scrimmage and he consistently created separation against top defensive backs," Simmons said. "He showed great hands and he adjusted to the ball well."
Yeast said he does have a "chip on my shoulder," because he felt like he should have always been a guy the game had invited. He was recently bumped up to four-star status after a sensational senior season.
"I feel like I am just as good as anybody else," Yeast said. "I know all of these guys are ranked way higher than me, but I think I proved I could do it. I went against some of the best DBs in the country - five stars - and was still catching balls."
Yeast is ranked as the No. 3 athlete in the Midwest, the No. 22 in the country and checks in overall as the No. 273 player in the '17 class.
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