May 31, 2010

Yarbrough growing size, offers

For a guy who has grown an inch and 15 pounds over the course of the last year, Denver linebacker Eddie Yarbrough takes a lot of pride in the fact coaches have told him he does well at getting skinny.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound outside/middle linebacker from Grandview High School said his ability to get skinny has been mentioned numerous times by coaches as one of his skills that attracted them to him.

"They (coaches) like how I don't give up on a play," Yarbrough said Thursday night. "They like how I am a big guy and I can drop into coverage and they like how I get skinny really quickly. They also like how I hit."

All of those skills have translated into scholarship offers from Wyoming, Colorado State, Colorado and Arizona State. Yarbrough said he expects Kansas State and Utah to offer within the week as well. Oregon, Oregon State, Nebraska and UCLA have all been in contact with the Grandview linebacker. Yarbrough who said he expects to visit Nebraska, UCLA, Kansas State and Arizona State. He has already been to CU and CSU and plans to visit again.

"Nebraska, UCLA, K-State, CSU, Utah and Oregon have me excited," Yarbrough said. "They have me excited because they are in the region and most of the recruiters that have come in seem like they care about their players a lot and I like that about them."

Three regional schools have caught the eye of Yarbrough. He has been visited Colorado State, Colorado and has met the coaching staff at Wyoming.

"I like Fairchild," Yarbrough said. "He seems like a nice person and a nice guy. What I like about CU is I like their campus a lot and I like their head coach and their linebacker coach. I like the way both of their defenses the way they are structured.

"I like Wyoming's coaches," he added. "I like their staff. Some of their staff came and visited me. I am staying in contact with their defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. Their coaches like people who like to hit and like to get their hands dirty."

College coaches aren't the only ones wearing the whistle that like Yarbrough's effort. Grandview High School Coach John Schultz said Yarbrough is one of the best defensive players he has coached yet and will approach the school's career record for total defensive points. That record was set by former Wyoming Cowboy Todd Knight.

"His size and strength, combined with a natural ability to find the football make him a very consistent playmaker" Schultz said. "Eddie is a natural leader with a great personality that other kids want to play beside."

Yarbrough said he plans on playing out his senior year to see what other offers he is capable of picking and signing closer to National Signing Day.

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