Glendale (Ariz.) Ironwood defensive end William Yancy (6-6, 240), a three-star prospect,has the Bruins atop his leaderboard and, while he is waiting for a scholarship offer from them, his interest remains strong.
"My top schools are UCLA, Miami, Nebraska, Arizona State, Purdue and Oklahoma," said Yancy. "UCLA and Miami haven't offered me year. I'm a big fan of UCLA's, though. My head coach has been talking with them. I am hoping that UCLA offers. I'd like to take a trip there."
Yancy has fifteen offers in all, with Nebraska being the most recent, while he's already taken official trips to Arizona State and Purdue.
"I'm not going to take any more trips until the season is over," said Yancy. "I'm not sure which schools I'll visit. New schools have started catching my interest, so I'm not sure for the moment. I want to take all five trips, though, and I want to enjoy the whole process."
A solid pass rusher off the end, Yancy first stood out at the Scout Combine, even next to several other of the premier pass-rushers from the West who attended, including Griffen, Akeem Ayers and Kenny Rowe.
Yancy feels he could be the type that could come in and make an immediate impact on a program, because of where he is physically. "I'm at 240 right now, so if a school wants me to gain some more weight to be more effective or lose some more, I'm willing to adapt," said Yancy. "If I need to redshirt, I'll redshirt. But if I have an opportunity to play as a true freshman, I'd like that."
This fall so far Yancy has 45 tackles, seven sacks and 20 tackles for loss. He's also broken up three passes, forced three fumbles and recovered one. "I've got loads of hurries, too," said Yancy. "I've played some (offensive) tackle, but only a couple of times, and the times I was in there, I had a lot of pancakes. With the playoffs starting, I'll probably play a lot of tackle."
Arizona State has some history with the Yancy family, with William's older brother Quincy haven played for the Sun Devils in the late ‘90s. "He's been real supportive of the whole recruiting process but it doesn't matter to him where I go," said Yancy. "ASU was more comfortable for him but he said to go where you feel the connection. If that is out of state or in state, you have to enjoy college wherever you go and have no regrets."
Yancy also keeps in touch with Griffen and Jovario Burkes, two of the elite linemen in the state. "I talk to Everson when I can and keep in touch with him," said Yancy. "Jovario, I've known him since sixth grade."
Yancy doesn't want to make a decision any time soon. "I want to see all of the offers and enjoy my senior year," said Yancy. "I gotta enjoy the process and take my time."
Academically, Yancy is in fine shape, sporting a 3.3 GPA, and he scored an 1180 on his first shot at the SAT.
"I retook it in October and I'm just waiting for the score," said Yancy. "I really want to improve."