Yeager has big-time talent - and confidence

Louisville commit Emmanuel Yeager brings big-time talent and confidence to the football field. The star Washington (Coolidge) D.C. quarterback recently talked with about his college decision and abilities on the field.

Central Michigan's loss was a major coup for Louisville.

Of course we're talking about multi-talented Washington (Coolidge) D.C. quarterback Emmanuel Yeager, who rescinded his verbal commitment to Central Michigan last week to cast his lot with the Big East's Cards.

What prompted Yeager to change his mind?

"They run a spread offense and that jumped out at me first among everything," Yeager said. "The success they've had with quarterbacks going to the next level is another thing that jumped out at me. They have a prestigious program and I love the town down there. Everything is laid back and it's a nice place you can live for four years."

Yeager tripped to Louisville last month to attend Steve Kragthorpe's summer camp. He made a big impression on the entire Louisville coaching staff with his performance that day. "I basically went up there and performed very well at their camp," Yeager said. "Coach Brohm, Coach Lewis and a couple of their other coaches – Coach K – told me how good I did. They were impressed and I guess that's what (prompted) their offer."

What likely stood out about the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Yeager is his incredible arm strength. recruiting analyst Bob Lichtenfels says Yeager has one of the strongest arms in the country.

"I threw a pass during one of our passing league games – it was about 70 something yards and it was a sound mechanic throw. I didn't even put everything I had into it but it was on a tight rope in the air," said Yeager.

What sets Yeager apart, though, is his ability to make plays on with his legs – and 4.5ish speed in the forty. "I bring a dual-threat aspect to the quarterback position," Yeager said. "I love to throw and I feel very confident with my arm but if the play breaks down I can make big plays with my legs."

Because of his size, speed and athletic ability, the inevitable comparisons to West Virginia quarterback Pat White are already being tossed around. "I throw a little bit more than Pat White does," Yeager said. "(West Virginia) runs him a lot more than me. It's a good comparison. It's an honor to be compared to him because he's a great quarterback."

Yeager had a big summer and Louisville made the first big move to land him after having him in camp. He performed well on the combine circuit during the spring and summer, earning MVP honors and All-Combine honors at several top events, including the workout in Pittsburgh.

"I'm just trying to continue to put my name out there because people try to downplay my performances a little bit. I don't know why but I performed well at all the combines against all these top ranked guys," Yeager said. "But I don't really get too angry about that because I know my playing ability."

Yeager says his commitment to Louisville is rock solid and he plans to make his official visit for the Cardinals season-opener against the rival Wildcats from Kentucky.

"I believe I'm coming for the Kentucky game," Yeager said.

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