Football: Lake Central’s David Yancey commits to Purdue
By Mark Lazerus 648-3140 or firstname.lastname@example.org June 23, 2012 6:56PM
Lake Central quarterback David Yancey passes against Munster during the first quarter at Munster High School in Munster, Ind., Friday, August 19, 2011. | Guy Rhodes~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 25, 2012 6:54AM
David Yancey knows he could have waited, had another big season, and potentially could have had his pick of countless schools across the country.
But why wait? He already had the offer he wanted.
Yancey, the Lake Central quarterback, committed to Purdue on Saturday morning. The Boilermakers offered him two weeks ago.
It’s a school Yancey knows well. His brothers Keenan, Haakon and Derrick all went to Purdue.
“When I went down for the visit, I just felt at home,” Yancey said. “I felt that’s where I should be. They’re the ones that said they wanted me, and that’s the first time I heard that from a college — that they really wanted me. That’s all I wanted to hear.
“It’s close to home, it’s Big Ten football, my brothers graduated from there — it just felt like that’s where I should be.”
Boilermakers coach Danny Hope has him pegged as a running back — no surprise, considering he rushed for 1,345 yards as a junior. Yancey thinks he fits in well in the Purdue offense.
“To be a running back at Purdue, you have to be an every-down back,” he said. “You have to be able to run routes, be able to be a scatback, be a first-down back and a third-down back. You have to be versatile.”
Yancey also has been looked at as a defensive back and a quarterback during the recruiting process. He was being looked at by many schools, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Northwestern and Iowa.
“I told Coach Hope I just want to help the team win, and he said running back would be the best position,” Yancey said. “They were really in need of a running back.”
Lake Central is coming off an 8-2 season and its first Duneland Conference championship. With Yancey carrying the ball and a stellar defensive unit, the Indians are expecting big things this fall. And Yancey didn’t want his college decision to be a distraction.
“I wanted to make the commitment before our senior year,” he said. “We have a good team coming back and I wanted to focus and help us make as deep a run at state as we can.”