Summer is a time where many high school students enjoy the beautiful weather and take a break from going to school and all of the time commitments that come with it. For many, summer is a time of enjoyment.
While it would be easy for a highly touted 3-star quarterback like Lloyd Yates to stop working hard during the off season with 5 offers in hand, instead he is working hard to become a more polished quarterback.
In a recent interview with Hustle Belt Yates talked about improving his skills, "On the field I feel I am a great competitor and everyone always has weaknesses so I'm just trying to learn the game more, make crisper decisions, and things like that." Yates is a guy who knows he is not a perfect player, but his coaches also know that he is going to give 100% no matter the situation.
Yates, who stands at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, is from Oak Park, Illinois and attends Oak Park River Forest High School. As a Junior, Yates threw for 2000 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. He can also run the ball pretty well as he rushed for 850 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Yates currently holds offers from Akron, Colgate, Northern Illinois, and Western Michigan while other schools like Northwestern, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, and Vanderbilt have shown serious interest.
While many schools are pursuing Yates, he currently is strongly considering four schools: Akron, Colgate, Northern Illinois and Northwestern. However, Yates says that Akron and Northern Illinois are recruiting him the hardest so far. Yates plans on visiting Akron and Colgate in late July and already visited Northern Illinois on June 21st.
Yates came away impressed from his visit at Northern Illinois. "I really like the coaching staff at NIU, it's a really cool place, and I like it down there."
Although Yates doesn't have a set timetable for a decision, he's hoping to commit soon.
"I don't really have a set date to make a decision a decision by, but hopefully soon. I want to check all my options out and hopefully make a decision sometime soon."
Even though no time table has been set for his decision, Yates definitely sounds like a young man who has put a lot of thought into his decision and what he is looking for in a school.
"I'm looking for a place that fits me. A place that has good people who really want to see me succeed, not only on the field but also in school."
Overall, Yates seems quite prepared and confident about making the right decision, especially for someone who says he did not know what to expect when it came to his recruiting process. "I had no idea what to expect but the spring was pretty crazy, a lot of coaches were visiting my school to watch workouts and stuff like that. All in all though it's been pretty fun."
Only time will tell where this highly touted dual threat quarterback lands, but while we are all waiting check out his Hudl highlights below: