Promising D.C. Quarterback A Big Terps Fan

A short drive down I-295, just minutes from College Park, lives Ballou High quarterback Emmanuel Yeager, an emerging Maryland football target and potential blue-chip recruit.

He holds no scholarship offers but has received interest from Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, UConn, Florida State, Illinois and Syracuse. However, unlike most of his competition, Yeager is a member of the class of 2009, not the rising seniors of 2008.

Yeager has already visited Maryland and North Carolina. He said that one of the biggest draws to both schools was their coaching staffs.

"[UNC] has a great quarterbacks coach, John Shoop. Maryland has great coaches too. I'm close with [wide receiver coach] Bossard," he said.

Yeager recently completed camp at Maryland, where he stood out from the competition with both his size and mechanics. At 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, the 16-year old may need to put on a few more pounds of muscle before he takes his first snap in college. He will also be traveling to Virginia on June 25.

The rising junior has already performed in the combine in New Jersey, the Elite Combine and the Nike Combine. He is a veteran on the football camp scene, and not new to Maryland football, either.

Yeager has indicated that he might not want to stray too far for college.

"Maryland is definitely one of my favorites. I'm not one to get away from home too far," he said.

"I've been to a lot of Maryland games."

Unlike many recruits who simply take in the atmosphere, Yeager took note on how Coach Friedgen used quarterback Sam Hollenbach.

"They have sort of a balanced offense, and they spread it out at times. The way they played Hollenbach last year gave him the chance to showcase his talent," he explained.

"I like what Ralph Friedgen is doing over there. They take people to the next level. They're in the ACC, a tough conference. They get you prepared for life after football," he added.
Yeager plans to wait and see where the road of recruitment takes him.

"I'm just hoping I don't make it a strenuous situation. I don't want to hold people in suspense for too long," he said.

In the meantime, he plans to work on his modesty in the upcoming season.

"I'm trying not to take on the linebacker all the time. I have to learn that I'm going to have to start sliding and going out of bounds," Yeager laughed.

This past year he led his Ballou High School team to a DCIAA city title, edging out public school powerhouse Dunbar in a 34-33 victory. For the season, Yeager went 105-222, throwing for 1930 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is also mobile, rushing for 351 yards and six touchdowns with his 4.6-range speed.

He compares his style of game to both Redskins starter Jason Campbell and Eagles starter Donovan McNabb. "McNabb for his leadership, and Campbell because he's so young with his ability, and our body structure is the same."

Though he still has two years left to continue to improve his game and technique, it is clear that the Terps have gotten on top of the promising D.C. product.

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