Treasure Coast (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.) defensive end/outside linebacker Rashawn Yates just received a Maryland offer May 17, but this is no new discovery by the UMD coaches. Apparently while the Terps’ staff was in Port Saint Lucie last year for a satellite camp the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Yates caught their eye. Since then, UMD-area recruiter Matt Barnes and defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh have been in contact with the Floridian.
“They’d basically been telling me on Twitter for like a year they were going to offer, they just had to come back down to see me,” said Yates, who also has offers from Louisville, Pitt, UNC, Rutgers, Purdue, Tennessee, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Oregon and others. “And they finally did [May 17]. They came down and watched me work out, and then the offer came in, just like they said. It’s officially on the table now, and I’m excited about it.”
Yates has the strongest relationship with Barnes. He said the two are in contact a couple times each week.
“Coach Barnes hits me up regularly,” Yates said. “Even though the offer wasn’t there until [May 17], he was always in touch. He asks me things like what I thought of the basketball game, how I’m doing in practice, things like that. It’s real cool.”
With the offer in tow, Yates plans to visit College Park, Md., for the first time this June. His knowledge of the program is limited right now, but he’s researched enough to know he’d like to give it a long look.
“I heard College Park is really nice and they’re really building things up there,” he said. “Also, Stefon Diggs is one of my favorite receivers and I watched Maryland a lot because of that. It’s always been a school I’ve paid attention to.”
Yates said the offer is for Maryland’s hybrid BUCK spot. It’s a position that appeals to the Treasure Coast prospect.
“Basically Coach Barnes said they think I can play all three downs at the BUCK and just wreck havoc,” Yates said. “That’s really what fits me best. I’m not an ideal defensive end or outside linebacker, but I can make plays all over the field and get after the quarterback. It’s a great spot for me.”
Besides Maryland, Yates said he’s considering Louisville, Rutgers, UCF, Pitt, UNC and Tennessee. He considers each of those programs initial leaders and wants to visits as many as he can during the summer.
“I’m definitely getting up north to see Rutgers and Maryland and maybe Pitt,” Yates said. “Then I’m trying to get to some of the others like Louisville, Tennessee, North Carolina. But we’ll see.
“I have already seen UCF, and I liked that a lot. But I’ve got to get to some of these other places to see how I like them.”
Yates said he could commit either before, during or after his senior season. Either way, he wants to take all five of his official visits if possible.
“I’m honestly not sure when I’m going to commit,” Yates said. “But I do want to take my officials just to make sure I’m making the right decision. I want to find the place that really prioritizes me, and also a place where I’m comfortable around the players and coaches.”