Yeast on the rise

Sophomore athlete Russ Yeast has already landed several offers and has drawn interest from a handful of other programs. Notre Dame checked in with Yeast on Monday.

Sophomore Russ Yeast has already landed offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Toledo and Washington State. On top of that, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, Purdue, Tennessee and Vanderbilt all checked on the 5-foot-11, 175-pound wide receiver/defensive back from Fremont Ross High School in Northwest Ohio in the past few weeks.

Irish assistant Mike Elston visited Ross High School on Monday to learn more about Yeast. NCAA rules prevented the two from speaking but Yeast’s father, Craig Yeast, is the head football coach at the school.

“He said I look good and they really like me and they gave me a good grade,” Yeast said. “He wants me to come to the Irish invasion in June.”

Yeast plans to attend that elite camp and hopes a strong performance will net an Irish offer.

As a sophomore, Yeast caught 55 passes and scored 12 touchdowns. He also recorded 67 tackles and an interception leading to some indecision on what side of the ball he’ll play in college.

“Every coach that I have talked to has mentioned both,” he said. “Right now my preference is still receiver.”

Yeast believes he’s better suited to catch passes in college but he’s a capable defender as well.

“I bring speed, route running ability and strong hands,” he said. “On defense I have the ability to play man-to-man.”

Yeast has already visited Toledo, Louisville, Michigan, Ohio State and Kentucky, his father’s alma mater.

While Yeast won’t allow his father’s history at Kentucky influence his decision, he does lean on his dad for assistance in the recruiting process.

“He provides lots of guidance,” Yeast said. “Also, when I have questions or am stuck on something in the process I know I can ask him because it something that he has already lived through and I know he’s in it for my best interest.”


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