Yancich Now On Radar

PITTSBURGH -- Mike Yancich generally has been under the radar, but after the linebacker from Trinity High School in Washington, Pa. had a strong effort at the Scout.com Combine May 6 at the UPMC Sports Complex and outperformed others at his position during the recent Nike camp, he's certainly been flying high.

Mike Yancich covered the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and had a 4.15 in the shuttle run at the Scout.com event. His three-cone time was 7.02 seconds, while he had a vertical jump of 33 inches and standing broad jump of 9-3. Yancich had the fastest shuttle and three-cone times, as well as the top vertical jump. However, only Steve Gardiner from Dublin (Ohio) Coffman ran a faster 40 (4.44), while Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway's Shayne Hale (9-7) and Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney's Brandon Beachum (9-4) had better broad jumps.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Yancich has about 20 offers from various colleges and conferences around the country, including Pitt, Iowa, Boston College, Connecticut, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Michigan State, Arizona and "most of the MAC schools,'' Yancich noted.

"Just when I think I'm starting to narrow it down, more offers come in,'' Yancich said. "So, I'm just going to see what happens. But I'm enjoying being at the different combines, trying to see how I stack up to the other top players in the tri-state area. And it's a lot of fun competing with them.

"There are so many good linebackers, especially in Pennsylvania, so I'm especially interested to see how I stack up to them. The competition has been terrific, and these combines are a great way for me to get ready for my senior year coming up this fall.''

Yancich has visited Pitt on several occasions and certainly enjoyed those times, but he also took a trip to Boston College and Connecticut on the same weekend, since the schools are fairly close. He was impressed by the school's athletic facilities there as well.

"I want to visit as many schools as possible to see what they're like,'' Yancich said. "I don't want to make a decision too quickly. It can get pretty hectic, I guess, but I'll try to fit more in. That's the best way to do it.

"I'm thinking along the lines of making a decision in mid- to early July, because I don't want to wait for the season. I want to get my decision out of the way, for sure. I don't want to deal with it during the season.''

Yancich then talked about what former Trinity teammate Andy Miller went through last year. Miller had a few offers, but he delayed announcing his college choice until after he received offers from his two favorites, Ohio State and Penn State. While he waited for those to come in, Yancich said that Miller struggled to concentrate during his senior season.

"Eventually he got those extra offers and ended up going to Ohio State, he's there now, but it was tough on him during the season,'' Yancich said. "It was hectic, and he was all stressed out. It was difficult for him to concentrate about high school when he was more focused on college.

"I guess it all worked out, eventually, but I don't know if it was worth it for him to go through all that stress. He really should have enjoyed his senior season, and that's what I want to do. I want to enjoy it with my teammates, so I'll definitely make my decision before my senior year.''

And by that time, Yancich will be more than a blip on any school's radar.

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