Eddie Yarbrough, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker from Grandview High in Aurora, Colo., has verbally committed to play football at the University of Wyoming.
Yarbrough was rated as a three-star recruit out of five by Rivals.com, which also ranked him as the sixth-best recruit in the state of Colorado and the 31st-best outside linebacker in the nation. ESPN.com and Scout.com gave him a two-star rating out of five.
Here’s how ESPN.com analyzed Yarbrough: “He is a tough run stopper with some limitations in pass coverage. Has the size and playing strength for the inside linebacker position at the major level of competition. Shows the flexibility, balance and agility necessary to make plays from inside to the edge.”
Yarbrough, who visited UW last weekend, also had scholarship offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Indiana and Utah. He also was recruited by Arizona, Minnesota and Nebraska.
Yarbrough runs a 4.8-second 40-yard dash.
He is the 22nd verbal commitment in UW’s recruiting class, which includes six that have signed and are currently enrolled in school. Verbal commitments are non-binding, and NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from talking to the media about specific recruits until they’ve signed their national letters of intent. Signing day is Feb. 2.
UW hopes to sign 24 or 25 players in this year’s class. The Cowboys likely are looking for offensive or defensive linemen with their final scholarship(s). There also could be another cornerback as cornerback Demarius Reed of Chicago decommitted recently. Or, UW will go after the best available athlete.
This is the fourth Colorado product UW has either signed or committed in this class. Yarbrough and JC linebacker Korey Jones (from Fort Collins but went to JC at Garden City in Kan.) are both three-star recruits by Rivals.com. There may have been years where UW signs more kids from Colorado, but the quality seems to be higher this year.
Any thoughts or opinions on this or the class in general at this point?
Here is the updated list:
%^Luke Anderson, S (5-10, 185) Southlake, Texas (Blinn College)
^Zack Berg, S, 6-1, 202, Edmonds, Wash. (Woodway HS)
%^Alex Borgs, LB, 6-1, 220, Duesseldorf, Germany
^Blair Burns, CB, 5-10, 155, Plano, Texas (Plano HS)
*Josh Doctson, WR, 6-3, 175, Mansfield, Texas (Legacy HS)
^Zach Ewan, LS, 5-11, 230, Phoenix (North Canyon HS)
%*Korey Jones, LB, 6-2, 215, Garden City (Kan.) CC, Fort Collins, Colo.
^Rafe Kiely, OG 6-3, 288, Wheaton, Ill. (North HS)
%*Miraldo Michel, DE, 6-3, 250, Ellsworth (Iowa) CC, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
^Malkaam Muhammad, LB, 6-0, 210, St. Joseph, Mo. (Central HS)
^London Muse, WR, 5-11, 170, Sugar Land, Texas, (Dulles HS)
^Trey Norman, ATH, 6-1, 170, Texarkana, Texas, (Liberty-Eylau HS)
%*Mark Nzeocha, S, 6-2, 215, Neusitz, Germany
*Adam Pittser,QB, 6-1, 200, Richmond, Ill. (Burton HS)
*Chad Reese, CB, 5-11, 174, Tyler, Texas, (Lee HS)
^Dominic Rufran, WR, 5-11, 175, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Palmer HS)
^Zach Rushing, OG, 6-4, 290, D’Iberville, Miss. (Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College)
%^Brett Smith, QB, 6-1, 185, Salem, Ore. (West HS)
Daniel Sullivan, K, 5-10, 165, Everett, Wash. (Jackson HS)
^Kody Sutton, RB, 5-9, 186, Texarkana, Texas (Texas HS)
Austin Traphagan, OL, 6-6, 280, Yuma, Colo. (Yuma HS)
*Eddie Yarbrough, LB, 6-3, 235, Aurora, Colo. (Grandview HS)
^Two-star recruit by Rivals.com
*Three-star recruit by Rivals.com
%Currently enrolled at UW