The Edna High School defensive end has been extremely impressed by the play of All-American end Jerry Hughes, telling BigPurpleNation that he hopes to be able to leave his mark at the school.
He said he doesn't care what position he ends up playing, but he wouldn't mind becoming the next great defensive end for the Frogs.
"I don't see anyone who wouldn't want to be like Jerry Hughes," Yendrey said. "He is a real good player and I want to be able to help the team just like he does. "
The 6-4, 245 pound high school senior also plays tight end and is able to have success on the football field because of his speed, running a 4.58 forty at TCU's football camp this past summer.
But TCU was the only school to make an offer to D.J., something he says will motivate him to become the best player he can be.
"I haven't had that many people really contact me and I would love to go out there and show them, ‘This is what you get'," he said.
Yendrey described himself as a quick player who needs to improve his strength. He cited Frogs' 2009 offensive line recruit, Ty Horn, as evidence that TCU wants players who are big and strong in addition to being fast.
"I need to get a lot bigger and a lot stronger to stay ahead of the game," he said. That would be good if I could get real strong and break some weightlifting records like Blake Schlueter, who is from a small town like me."
Schlueter, a Ganado,TX native and TCU's senior center, set a school record with a squat max of 870 pounds.
Yendrey recorded 11 sacks for Edna in 2007 and the future Frog said he loves to hit and tackle. In addition to football, though, D.J. said he looks forward to just being in college.
"I love TCU's campus and from everything I've seen, it seems like a pretty good school to go to, he said. I'm just looking forward to the whole experience."