Top Florida OL has Louisville offer

Though one Big Ten program is 6-6, 300 Clyde Yandell's "dream school," the standout St. Augustine, Florida lineman was surprised and seemed intrigued when Louisville coach Bobby Petrino sent word that a scholarship was his for the taking with the Cardinals.

St. Augustine (Fla.) offensive lineman Clyde Yandell (6-6, 300, 5.3) claims to have offers from Louisville, Florida International and Houston. He said Duke, Auburn, UCLA, Colorado and Connecticut are recruiting him the hardest.

"I really don't have any favorites right now," said Yandell of Nease High School. "I'm just waiting to see what offers I get before I narrow it down. I want all the schools to know I'm open to anyone right now.

Yendell, originally from Detroit, said that the Wolverines are his dream team. "I'd love to play for Michigan. I've got some mail from them and I've been up to the school a couple of times. I got a chance to meet the coaches and thought they were really nice. The campus is great too. Michigan is exactly what I'm looking for in both academics and athletics.

"Duke is recruiting me the hardest right now," he said. "I've been talking to them the most. I've been talking to Coach (Charles) London a lot. We text message and I get a lot of handwritten letters from him. I'd like to think an offer is coming soon. I'm planning on going down for a visit soon.

"I was surprised to get the offer from Louisville. One day I got a text message from Coach (Bobby) Petrino telling me I had an offer to play there. He said he wants me to come down for an unofficial (visit) this fall to check out everything. I've never been there, but I have friends that go there and they've told me it's really nice. Also, their academics are pretty good too."

Yendell said distance might play a factor in his decision. "I'm not planning on going out to California or Hawaii unless I get an offer I can't refuse. They are just a little too far from home for me. But at the same time, I'm not saying that I want to stay in-state either.

"Clemson is another school I've been talking to. They were the first school that I started getting mail from. I took an unofficial there in March. Their coaches were really nice and the area is beautiful. I haven't got an offer from them. They are still looking at my film."

Although Yendell is being recruited for offense, the young prospect has been playing defense for the past couple of years. "This is my first year on the O-Line since my JV year. Because of my size and my speed, the coaches think I'm more suited for right tackle. I think what I've learned off the D-line will really help me on offense. I should be able to interpret what these guys are thinking a little better and be able to use that towards my advantage. On the other hand, it can be a weakness too…my inexperience. I'm working on my abilities and offensive techniques so I won't make the mental mistakes that come with inexperience."

Final junior (13-2—Florida 4A State Champions) stats: 40 tackles

Bench: 315/ Squat: 500/ Power Clean: 300

Yendell reports a 3.0 core GPA and is awaiting April SAT results.


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