Offensive tackle Wade Yandall (6-4, 290, 5.4) from Carson, Calif., is a player that is the proverbial example of a diamond in the rough. He didn't get a chance to play football as a sophomore due to an injury, but he made up for lost time and had a solid junior season that saw him earn all-league and all-area honors.
"Wade has all of the intangibles the D-I schools are looking for, plus he has great grades," Carson coach Mike Christensen said. "He could play in the Ivy League if he wanted to."
"Wade has really improved his feet and his technique," Christensen said. "He's becoming a leader on the team and is really developing into a good football player."
"Wade is going to be the complete football player once he's done," Christensen said. "He's really going to become a good left tackle."
Now it is understandable that the likes of Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Tennessee, Michigan, Duke and Florida State are showing recruiting interest in Yandall.
What is Yandall looking for in a college?
"Neighborhood around the school and a good atmosphere," Yandall said. "A school that feels good when I'm there."
"The history of the school will be important and so will be academics," Yandall said. "Location doesn't matter, I just hope to get a full ride."
Yandall recently went on an unofficial visit to UCLA.
"UCLA was great," Yandall said. "I liked it a lot. We went around the campus and saw all the different areas. Then we went to the food court."
"After that we went to one end of the campus where you can see one end of the school to the other," Yandall said. "From there you can see everything is within walking distance on the campus."
"I then toured the weight room, saw the training table and then we headed for practice," Yandall said. "Practice was interesting to see all the different things going on. It was also good to see (former high school teammate) Morrell Presley."
"It was nice to meet the offensive line coach (Bob Palcic) and all the coaches," Yandall said. "All of UCLA's coaches were nice."
Does Yandall have any other unofficial visits planned in the future?
"I'm trying to go see Duke, Michigan, Harvard and other such schools this summer," Yandall said. "I'm also going to take an unofficial visit to USC this summer."