2005 Spring Practice Road Trip: TE Will Yeatman

The 2005 GoBlueWolverine Spring Practice Road Trip made its way to Rancho Bernardo High School on Thursday to check out tight end Will Yeatman. GBW reported earlier that Yeatman is a two-sport star, and the non-football sport will play a significant role in his recruitment. Included are photos and a brief scouting report.

Will Yeatman Profile

At 6-foot-6, 255-pounds, tight end Will Yeatman of Rancho Bernardo High School near San Diego is an imposing figure on the football field.
Stop two on the GoBlueWolverine.com 2005 Spring Practice Road Trip take us to Rancho Bernardo, Calif., High School just outside San Diego. Rancho Bernardo is home to one of the top players in the West, both in football and lacrosse.

With 11 offers from schools all over the country, including Michigan, tight end Will Yeatman (pronounced YAYT-man) is the No. 19 tight end in the county according to Jim S. However, the 6-foot-6, 255-pound standout's also excels in lacrosse, and recently helped lead unseeded Rancho Bernardo to the California Interscholastic Federation San Diego Section Lacrosse finals, where they briefly led top-seeded La Costa Canyon before succumbing 14-6. "Lacrosse is my first love," Yeatman said. "I've been playing most of my life, since I was around seven. My dad is a coach, he used to coach at the Naval Academy, and I've always been around it. It's huge on the East Coast, but it is getting to be pretty big here as well." He said he took up football in seventh grade.

Yeatman goes through drills during Thursday's spring practice.
Yeatman recently told GBW that three schools were at the top of his list of favorites - Maryland, Michigan, and Nebraska. The Terrapins of Maryland appear to hold an advantage over the others as the only one of the three to offer lacrosse as a varsity sport. "I'm going back to a big lacrosse recruiting camp in Maryland this summer," Yeatman said. "I'll also go to the Maryland football camp for a day, since it's at the same time. As much as I love lacrosse, it isn't going to be the deciding factor in where I go. If I like a school and it doesn't have lacrosse, I just won't play." Yeatman said the possibility of playing for a club lacrosse team doesn't exist. "The rules don't allow you to play club sports if you play Division 1-A football," he said.

Yeatman said he was born in Maryland, and has been in California for about 10 years. He still has family back east, and is hoping to get other lacrosse powers in the region to notice. "I've sent (football) tape to Virginia and North Carolina," he said. "I'm hoping they'll offer me for both sports. They are two of the top lacrosse teams in the country."

Yeatman showed great hands, making several nice catches, including this one over the shoulder.
GoBlueWolverine.com had a chance to watch Yeatman and the rest of the Broncos go through their spring practice drills on Thursday. One thing that is readily apparent is that Yeatman is the giant on the field. He is also one of the team captains and led his fellow Broncos through warmups. During drills Yeatman showed impressive agility for someone his size. He gets up fast, and is able to move his big frame with ease.

During passing and seven-on-seven drills, Yeatman isn't as explosive off the line as some of the smaller players, but he doesn't waste time getting up to speed. He also has great hands, stretching his entire body to make a couple of nice reaching grabs.

To read GBW's earlier interview with Yeatman, click here.

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