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 (
Yancy ultimately pledged to the
Huskers after some had speculated that he might stay at home to play for
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
Yancy made three official visits,
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.