WVU Continues Doubling Trend With Commitment of Brandon Yates
Call it more coincidence than anything else, but West Virginia has been doubling up on its recent football commitments.
At the cusp of July and August, linebackers Amir Richardson and Jared Bartlett verballed to the Mountaineer program. At the end of August, safeties Tykee Smith and Osita Smith came on board back-to-back. That trend continued this week, when offensive lineman Brandon Yates joined Parker Moorer as the two most recent commitments to WVU.
— Brandon Yates (@flyguy_brandon1) September 13, 2018
A tall and lean offensive lineman, Yates has a lot of room on his frame to grow into. His mobility and footwork are evident on his film, and that attracted attention of West Virginia’s coaches at a camp he attended over the summer. He made an eastern swing of camps during that time, but the WVU visit stood out.
Yates’ interest in West Virginia might seem a bit odd, given his distance from the Mountaineer campus, but he has eastern roots. He moved from Delaware to Nevada in 2017, and although many of his offers and schools of interest were western based, he kept in touch with a few, and West Virginia proved to be the strongest.
Yates helped Liberty High School to an 11-2 record in 2017, where he saw great improvement in his technique, particularly in pass blocking, in the more competitive football environment. He gets out of his stance and into position quickly, and shows an aggressive streak when engaging, even in pass protection. He is the second Liberty offensive lineman to commit in the past week, joining teammate Troy Fautanu, who pledged to Washington.
Yates is the 18th member of West Virginia’s football class of 2019, and the third offensive lineman. Along with Moorer, Donavan Beaver is also on the filling class of Mountaineer commitments.