July 12, 2008

QB Yeager has top five

Washington (D.C.) Coolidge prospect Emmanuel Yeager is quick to point out that is only being recruited to play quarterback and his athleticism is just a bonus. College coaches are becoming more enamored with his skill set and like the idea of him lining up behind center.

Yeager currently holds offers from Pitt, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Richmond. In a recent interview he spoke about the recruiting process.

"I plan on going up to Illinois sometime this month," Yeager said. "On (July) 19, I'm going to Michigan, and I think I'm going to Central Michigan on (July) 27.

"I'm pretty sure there will be some more visits. I need to see these schools so I can make the best decision possible. I need to make sure I make the right choice."

While everything is subject to change at this point -- and very well may, depending on which schools offer -- Yeager has five favorites.

"I would say my top five is Louisville, Illinois, Richmond, Central Michigan and Ohio," he said. "I'm just grateful for all these schools to be recruiting me."

While some may be surprised to see a school like Richmond on the list, Yeager had plenty to say about the Spiders and they seem like a real option at this point.

"The coaches at Richmond have a lot of integrity," he explained. "I really like the way they've been recruiting me. Coach London was recruiting me when he was at Virginia so I know him."

Yeager believes Illinois, Louisville and Central Michigan may be close to offering, and he said all the schools recruiting him up to this point like him as a quarterback.

"All of them are recruiting me as a quarterback," he said. "My athleticism is just another dimension to my game. I'm just working hard and getting all the intangibles so we can win a state championship.

"I'm kind of in limbo right now because I'm not sure when I'm going to make my decision. A lot of the schools are recruiting me to run a spread offense, which is good because that's what I'm best at, but I'm not too sure. I'm not too sure right now."

Yeager is a three-star prospect and rated the No. 4 prospect in the District of Columbia.

Over the past two seasons at Coolidge, Yeager has rushed for nearly 800 yards and nine touchdowns while passing for a total of more than 3,600 yards and 34 scores.

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