The temperature of Clark Yarbrough’s recruitment had been rising fairly steadily heading into his visit to Michigan last weekend, but during his time in Ann Arbor it heated up even more. The 2016 Woodberry Forest (Va.) standout added the Wolverines to an offer ledger that already included Tennessee, Florida, and a host of others. That combined with strength of the Maize & Blue presentation abruptly vaulted Michigan into contention.
“My aunt, uncle, dad and I all took a tour of the facilities and got to meet all the coaches,” Yarbrough said. “It really feels like a family there and I love the emphasis on academics along with the big time football.”
“I loved the coaches. Both Coach Manning and Coach Funk were very professional and straightforward with me, which is exactly what I'm looking for. Michigan was very impressive I'm already planning a return for a game this fall."
Yarbrough’s time in the Great Lake State compared favorably to previous stops at Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Duke, (North Carolina), Maryland, Virginia, and Stanford, but the talented youngster isn’t get ready to put his suitors in any order.
“I have no early favorites,” he stated. “I'm going to take my time with this process but Michigan is definitely up there.”
Some recruiting pundits believe Virginia (Yarbrough’s admitted “dream school” growing up) and Florida will be very tough to beat because of the four-star prospect’s ties to those respective programs. His grandfather played at Virginia and so did his cousin, former Cavalier center Zac Yarbrough. Meanwhile his grandmother attended Florida and his uncle played tight end for the Gators. Even so Yarbrough is determined to exercise due diligence when it comes to finding the right fit. That gives programs like Michigan a chance. One which the Wolverines might see enhanced by a small tie of their own.
“My dad loved (the Michigan visit). He played with Grant Newsome’s dad (at Princeton),” Yarbrough said referring to the recent Michigan commit. “Class of 90. He played football and lacrosse there.”
“(We) probably will see them at some point at a reunion.”
It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the Newsomes espouse the many virtues of the Maize & Blue that convinced Grant to go blue. Nor would it be surprising to see other future Wolverines do the same, especially since the endorsements have already begun.
“Garrett Taylor hit me up right after the offer,” Yarbrough said. “I've heard he's a good dude and I'll keep in touch with him through this process.”
And it’s a process that won’t be rushed. The 6-6, 250-pounder plans to search near and far for the ideal fit, thoroughly vetting the academic, athletic, and coaching merits of as many of his suitors as possible before he makes his choice.
“Distance is definitely not a factor in my decision,” Yarbrough stated. “I have no timeline for my decision. When I know I'll know.”