Yates Ready For Fall

Fresno (Calif.) Edison defensive end Rykeem Yates has two offers but more could come with strong start to his senior season, where he'll be one of the leaders of an always-stout Tigers defense...

Fresno (Calif.) Edison defensive end Rykeem Yates is one of three Tiger seniors with a scholarship offer, but he's the only one of the trio who hasn't made a decision.

Boasting offers from Fresno State and Nevada, Yates is still hearing from a host of schools as he readies for his senior season.

"Both Fresno State and Nevada have offered me as a defensive end," said Yates. "But USC and UCLA are recruiting me and I think UCLA is on the edge of offering. I just sent my tape to them, but they said they might want me to play linebacker. I'm cool with that. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to play, whatever position it might be."

The Bruins' have commitment from his two teammates, defensive lineman Wesley Flowers and defensive back Tevin McDonald.

"If UCLA offered, I might commit, but I'd have to think about. I wouldn't commit on the spot, but I'd strongly consider them. Tevin and Wesley are already working on me pretty hard and hope I get an offer," said Yates.

And then USC has former teammate T.J. McDonald and is the alma mater of Edison coach Tim McDonald.

"USC is a school I have always liked and watched too so if they offered, I'd strongly consider them," said Yates.

Yates also likes Oregon, Florida and Arizona and is hopeful dialogue increases with them.

But he's also high on hometown school Fresno State, often times overlooked by players from Edison.

"I'm definitely interested in Fresno State," said Yates. "Coach (Pat) Hill believs I'll grow into a defensive tackle and my coach thinks I will too. They see me getting to 265-270 and playing the three-technique."

Of course, Yates' first preference is to play defensive end or even outside linebacker.

"I'm sure I might have to switch positions but I see myself being a linebacker, or a blitzing defensive end who's rushing the passer," said Yates. "I played linebacker at the Passing Down Camp, but I'm getting recruited mostly as a defensive lineman. Me myself, personally, I don't see tackle so much, but a lot of people think I'll end up there."

At the Stanford Nike Camp, Yates earned MVP honors for the defensive line and was an All-Combine Selection at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine this spring.

Yates said the feedback he's getting from most schools is that they'll be watching his first few games of his senior year.

"That's fine with me because I want to take all five of my visits anyway," said Yates.

Academically, Yates is carrying a 3.0 GPA.


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