UCLA In On Tight End

The 6-6, 255-pound Will Yeatman from Rancho Bernardo is in the midst of taking official visits -- to some big-named, national schools. The Bruins are in the thick of it for him...

The official visits for Poway (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo tight end Will Yeatman (6-6, 255) continue this weekend when he takes a trip to North Carolina, his third official visit.

Yeatman has already taken a trip to Notre Dame (September 16) and to Nebraska (September 30).

"They were both good trips. I was able to see the atmosphere at the games and got to see the campuses. I'm looking forward to the next two visits," said Yeatman.

After he visits Chapel Hill this weekend, Yeatman will then return to ACC-territory when he visits Maryland the next week.

Helping Maryland and North Carolina is the fact that both schools have lacrosse as a varsity sport, something that Yeatman has played while growing up. Notre Dame also fields a lacrosse team.

"If a school doesn't have lacrosse, it doesn't eliminate them. I'd like to do both, and if I could, it would be a bonus, but it doesn't make one school bigger than another. It's not like I'd cross a school off because they don't have it. If I chose a school it would be based on football," said Yeatman.

Yeatman claims 20 offers and said each of the four schools getting a visit are in his top five, along with UCLA.

"Notre Dame is probably a little higher than the others right now, but I also like Maryland, North Carolina, UCLA and Nebraska," said Yeatman, who said that Michigan is also on his radar.

Yeatman said that UCLA was a school he was seriously considering and that head coach Karl Dorrell and receivers coach Dino Babers were recruiting him. However, he Yeatman indicated he might take an official visit to Westwood. "I don't think I'll take an official trip there because it's close. But I don't really know where I'm going to take my fifth trip. After that fifth trip I'll make my decision," said Yeatman.

Yeatman played with current Bruin defensive tackle Nathaniel Skaggs when he was a sophomore and Skaggs was a senior. "I talked to Skaggs (on Monday) and it's good to see him play. I was a tackle and he was a guard when we played together. He's dropping a few "UCLAs" to me, but he said to do what's best for me," said Yeatman.

Playing both tight end and defensive end for Rancho Bernardo, Yeatman has 28 receptions for 431 yards and seven touchdowns. On defense he has five sacks and an interception. Yeatman said, though, his future is on offense.

Academically, Yeatman maintains a 3.4 GPA and scored a 1500 on the new SAT.


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