Yankoff, a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder out of Coeur d’Alene High, said the Cougars have made a lasting impression.
“I really like Washington State,” Yankoff said. “I have developed a pretty good relationship with the coaches, I would say. They have been cool and very honest and very accommodating with me.”
Washington State outside wide receivers coach Dave Nichol is running point on Yankoff’s recruitment.
Yankoff has been on campus multiple times on his own to watch Cougar games over the years, adding that Washington State made a major impression on his only “true” unofficial visit, saying the Cougars “really impressed me and it exceeded my expectations.”
Also working in Wazzu's favor: its recent success on the offensive side of the football, specifically the high-level production from Mike Leach quarterbacks like Luke Falk.
“How could it not?" Yankoff said "Seeing guys at that school being successful in years past excites me a little bit, and it's definitely cool to see what they're doing with their program.
“The system that Washington state has is one that I would like to be a part of.”
BUT IT'S STILL early -- Yankoff and Culp won't sign their letters of intent until February 2018. And for as much as Yankoff had to say good things about Wazzu, he also said as things stands now he does not have any leaders (understandable for a prospect midway through his junior year who just opened things back up). Yankoff said he is getting ready to take some visits in the spring, but does not know where yet.
The quarterback’s priorities in choosing a school are to have a “great” relationship with his coaching staff, the school having a major he is interested in and finding an offensive system where he can thrive.
“I would like to think I'm pretty good at delivering the football,” Yankoff said. “I pride myself on that, I am a quarterback after all ... I feel like I can run around when I need to.”
Yankoff did both exceedingly well in 2016. Gatorade's Idaho Football Player of the Year ended his junior campaign on the gridiron 271 of 400 passing (68 percent) with 3,129 passing yards and 27 touchdowns against only 6 INTs. For good measure, he racked up 968 rushing yards and 29 scores on the ground.
He will no doubt draw comparisons to other QBs in the coming year. Just probably not from Yankoff himself.
“I'm sure people can drop parallels all they want, but I would like to think of myself as my own person and try to stick with that.”
But now that he has a new opportunity to revisit schools and look at his opportunities, he said he'll use the lessons learned.
“It's taught me a lot about what I need to care about and what I need to focus on as a player and as a person,” Yankoff said.
CF.C was unable to reach Culp, who stars in both football and basketball at Gonzaga Prep, at press time. Here's the tweet where he announced his decommitment from Oregon.
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