FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Just nine days before arriving at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl for practice, Glendale (Ariz.) Irownwood defensive end William Yancy was making his college decision.
With scholarship offers from several schools, the 6-foot-4, 223-pounder certainly had options to choose from. The talented young man will be headed to Nebraska next fall and says that having the decision done takes the pressure off him and his family.
"I don't want to say making that decision was huge, but it lifted the stress off my family's shoulders," Yancy said. "I would rather have all the stress on myself than my family. I want to see them with smiles on their faces. Now they can just realx."
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Yancy says choosing Nebraska was certainly the right choice for him. Ironically, former Husker defensive line coach John Blake is now at North Carolina.
The Husker recruit says that his talks with new defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt have been positive ones.
"He's a really good guy and coach," Yancy said. "His defensive lines have always gotten better and I really only knew coach Blake for the three days I was out there on the visit. Now I feel like coach Wyatt and I can start together next season."
Yancy is one of several top defensive linemen on the West squad. He mentioned that he's been most impressed with Da'John Harris' play so far in practice. Yancy would likes to model his game after the same principles that Harris uses.
"He has energy and doesn't quit until he gets to the quarterback," he said about Harris. "That's how I play. I just try some things that I had success with during the season here and see if they work.
"I always want to keep learning as well."