One thing he doesn't need: a visit.
The quarterback from Oak Park (Ill.) River Forest HS would be one of many Yates to attend Northwestern. His brother, father and grandfather all studied at NU.
"It's in our blood," Yates told PurpleWildcats.com on Monday.
NU's interest in the local sleeper picked up when recruiting coordinator Matt MacPherson watched him work out last week.
"He liked what he saw," Yates said. "He liked my athleticism and the way I work."
This Thursday, offensive coordinator Mick McCall will watch him throw, and evaluate the situation from there.
This recruitment might take some time. NU has given out offers to other quarterbacks—and could wait to check on their status before offering Yates. Still, they gave one major caveat.
"In case one of those quarterbacks that they offered commits, [MacPherson] said they could still offer me as an athlete or as a slot receiver," he said.
One important piece, though, is the mutual interest. Yates has watched games with his brother, and also enjoys his early interaction with coaches.
"I know they have a good coaching staff that's going to stay there a long time," he said. "They're just good people."
Yates holds offers from schools including Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. He said he's looking for a school with strong mutual interest—one that would value his commitment.
Heading into a big week of recruitment, Yates is feeling his past and his future collide. It might even continue a tradition.