Austin Yancy Has New Dimensions

For a while now, we have viewed Austin Yancy as a wide receiver recruit with size who sported a lone offer from Mike Price. That was intriguing, but the story has changed for the League City (Tex.) athlete in recent weeks. He has added another scholarship offer while also learning that Stanford sees a second position where he might fit. Yancy is on campus visiting The Farm this weekend...

One of Stanford's prominent official visitors this weekend is somebody who was originally reported with a schedule to visit The Farm last weekend, but visit plans have shaken out otherwise for League City (Tex.) Clear Creek High School senior Austin Yancy.

"Actually, Stanford told me that I could come out the 13th or the 20th, and we picked the 20th," the Texas receiver explains.  Last weekend he took an in-state official visit to SMU, which proved fruitful.

"SMU is looking for wide receivers, so that might be a good opportunity for me," Yancy says.  "I had a lot of fun up there.  It was a great visit.  The Sunday I was up there, they offered."

The 6'3.5" athlete has previously held one Division I scholarship from UTEP, where Mike Price and his staff had a chance to work out Yancy at their camp this past summer.  Though the Miners have been very high on Yancy, the official visit they scheduled for him late in the fall fell through as Clear Creek made a push into the playoffs that conflicted with the date.  Yancy did not reschedule the trip, though keeping open the possibility to visit El Paso at the end of this month.

Harvard has also been high on the mind of Yancy, who is an exemplary student-athlete.  His 4.47 GPA ranks him 11th in his class of 755, while he scored a 1930 on the new SAT (1280 math + verbal).  The move by the Mustangs, however, likely means that SMU would be his top option if he stays in the Lone Star State, and ahead of Harvard as well.

"I like SMU not only because of the scholarship offer," Yancy states.  "I also felt really comfortable there.  I had a fun time.  They're close to home in Dallas, and they're a really good school, too.  For Harvard, the lack of a scholarship kind of hurts."

"But I want to see how this visit goes," he says of Stanford.

Houston area recruiting coach Tom Hayes is also the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Cardinal, and he has taken the lead in Yancy's recruitment.  Appropriately, talk has turned in recent weeks where Hayes and Stanford are discussing Yancy as a defensive recruit in addition to his projection at wide receiver.

"They've mentioned safety because of my physical playing style.  They like my athleticism," the recruit relays.  "I also played there earlier during my high school career."

It was all offense in 2005 for Yancy, racking up 35 catches for more than 400 yards and three scores.  He added another two touchdowns on the ground.  Clear Creek finished the year with a losing record but made it to the playoffs and won their postseason opener before dropping in the second round.  Yancy earned First Team All-District honors.

This weekend is his second trip to Stanford, following his summer stay on The Farm for the Cardinal's camp.  "At the end of the camp last year, they told me that I was one of the few people on the board," Yancy reports.

"I turned in my application right around the holidays, but I still really haven't heard either way," he adds.  "When Coach Hayes was in here [Wednesday], he talked about the visit and the arrangements - not really much about my application or a scholarship.  I guess that will come this weekend."

We guess that news will come when we next talk to Yancy after he returns to Texas.  Look for that report here next week.


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