While coaching at Harrodsburg High School in the 1990's, Yates was surrounded by several talented players, including Craig Yeast, Dennis Johnson and Jason Dunn. Two of the three played at the University of Kentucky (Yeast and Johnson), while all three have spent at least some time playing in the National Football League.
Now the offensive coordinator at Mercer County High, Yates has another talented offensive protege in 5'9, 192-pound running back Andrew McCloud.
McCloud, who bench presses 325-pounds and runs the forty in 4.4 seconds, has rushed for 3,191 career yards on 415 rushes, an average of 7.7 yards per carry. The District 3, Region 5 Player of the Year in 2003, McCloud has been busy this summer attending football camps throughout the southeast.
So far, McCloud has camped at Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Kentucky. Out of 63 running backs who attended Florida's camp, McCloud received the Most Improved Award, essentially a coaches award for those that demonstrate a willingness to learn and have a good attitude.
On the recruiting front, Kentucky, Louisville, Alabama, Auburn, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Purdue, Miami (OH) and Vanderbilt have shown active interest. While Florida has expressed interest in McCloud as a kick returner (McCloud has returned 27 kicks for a 30-yard average), Alabama, according to Yates, currently has the smallish back third on their chart at running back.
As for Louisville, assistant Greg Nord has shown some interest. "Coach Nord saw him at Frank Minifield's camp and Louisville's trying to find a time to get him on campus for a visit," Yates said.
Academically, McCloud boasts a 3.5 GPA and is academically qualified for freshman eligibility.