Yeatman Going for Two

The days of college athletes commonly competing in more than one sport are over. Only a select few are able to pull off the dual-sport commitment and also have academic balance. Will Yeatman is an exception.

There are not many lacrosse players that are 6-6, 255-pounds. Will Yeatman of Poway, Calif., (Rancho Bernardo) can certainly overpower the vast majority of the competition when taking to the lacrosse fields.

"Lacrosse is my first love," Yeatman explained. "My dad was a really good high school and college lacrosse player."

Yeatman's father attended Navy, while his mother attended Maryland. His East Coast roots help explain the lacrosse background.

"I have been back to the East Coast many times. I love it back there."

Football is the other sport Yeatman excels at. It is simply a matter of where he will lineup once he reaches college.

"My coach has been telling people I can play defensive end, defensive tackle, offensive tackle and of course tight end," Yeatman said.

Yeatman prefers to play tight end, but will he outgrow the position?

"A lot of people have told me I will end up at offensive tackle," Yeatman admitted. "I've gained about 10-15 pounds since last season."

Southern California, where Yeatman's older brother plays club lacrosse, is recruiting Yeatman strictly as an offensive tackle. Boston College is doing the same. According to Yeatman every other school is recruiting him to play tight end.

"My top five right now would be Notre Dame, North Carolina, Maryland, Michigan…and Ohio State."

Notre Dame offered Yeatman a lacrosse scholarship for his freshman year, but would switch over to a football scholarship entering his sophomore year if he chose Notre Dame. Every school within Yeatman's top five has both lacrosse and football, minus Michigan.

Yeatman would prefer to end his recruitment sooner rather than later. Official visits will be coming up soon.

"I might be going to Notre Dame for an official visit on Sep. 17," Yeatman said. "I have been talking to coach Polian about it."

So is it a football official visit?

"Actually it would be for lacrosse, but I've been receiving a lot of stuff from coach (Charlie) Weis about coming out whenever I can," Yeatman explained. "If I don't go to Notre Dame that weekend I might go to either Maryland or North Carolina for an official visit."

SMITTY'S TAKE - Yeatman is a well spoken young man from a good family. Notre Dame would be a good fit for Yeatman, and if he visits for the Michigan State game it would not surprise me if he committed.


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