William Yancy: Makes Commitment

Defensive end William Yancy from Ironwood HS (Peoria, AZ) had a 10:30 press conference set to announce his college choice. Things didn't go as planned but his college choice never changed.

With coaches from 17 colleges knocking on your door for your services, pressure can get to an 18 year old kid. Defensive end William Yancy from Ironwood HS (Peoria, AZ) sounded as calm and cool as one could expect as he told Scout.com that he had made his verbal commitment to Nebraska.


Yancy ultimately pledged to the Huskers after some had speculated that he might stay at home to play for Arizona State. Yancy has ties to ASU as his older brother Quincy was a defensive end there in the late 90's. Yancy says, "Quincy did not pressure me at all. I was able to ask him questions about recruiting and get advice from him."


The 6'6 240 pound Yancy says that he wanted to pick a college where he felt like it "is a home away from home." He adds, "I wanted to go where I was most comfortable and where I felt like the coaches are like family." He says his family did not pressure him on where to go to school and were very supportive, no matter where he chose. He says the distance played no factor in his decision. Right now he says his family is "ecstatic." "Before I got out of class, my cousins in Chicago knew and the entire school knew. And I had only told four people."


Yancy made three official visits, to Purdue, Arizona State and Nebraska and went down to Arizona for their summer camp. He describes Purdue as having "that old school feel and tradition." He said that he wasn't really able to get true feelings after Coach Koetter was fired from ASU. He added that Coach Erickson did make an in-home visit but he really felt most comfortable at Nebraska. "I love the atmosphere. Football is a religion at Nebraska," says Yancy.


Fellow teammate WR/DB Eric Hagg also committed to NU but he says that didn't play much into his decision. "Eric going there is a plus. It will be helpful and won't make me feel like the new kid on the block."


This season Yancy saw a drop in his productivity. As a junior he recorded 66 tackles and 11 sacks. He was playing weakside DE and was allowed to go and chase the quarterback. As a senior he was moved to strongside DE and asked to play over the TE and be more of a run-stuffer. He recorded only 32 tackles and 7 sacks but he feels that this will help him adjust more to the physical play of Big 12 football.


At this point, he is unsure if he will redshirt. He has no problems doing it if asked. He says, "The coaches have told me I will play if I am ready. If not I will redshirt." He adds, "If I need to add weight, I will go to the weightroom and do it."


Yancy's dedication to his team and unselfishness will have Husker fans pleased over the next four to five years.

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