By LARRY VAUGHT
Junior receiver Russ Yeast has seen the social media uproar about him deciding to take an unofficial visit to Louisville a few months after he verbally committed to Kentucky.
He’s heard the speculation he might be ready to decommitt from UK over a lack of “love” from the UK coaching staff or UK not offering his father, former UK all-star receiver Craig Yeast, a spot on the coaching staff.
“Yeah, I’ve seen the stuff. I’m not even close to decommitting (from UK). Still firm. People act like me as a junior in high school that I should just cut all recruitment off from all other schools. I’m still going to take unofficial visits. I don’t understand why all of a sudden people are mad because I want to take visits,” Yeast said.
Neither do I.
Former UK coach Rich Brooks, who was also a NFL head coach, used to encourage players to take other visits to make sure Kentucky was right for them. If not, Brooks wanted to know before they got to campus and not have to deal with an unhappy player wanting to transfer in a year or two.
Plus, with players committing earlier, it’s understandable that recruits might want to take a look at another school or two to just see what is out there. Remember also that UK will have three new offensive coaches on staff now that were not when Yeast gave his verbal commitment.
“Guys do that all the time. I really don’t understand the issue with people taking unofficial visits. I am just going to see some other places. I am a junior and want to make sure I am making the right decisions. I feel good about Kentucky, but I just want to look around,” Yeast said.
“A big part of recruiting is making sure you are happy. Once you sign on that dotted line, you have got to make sure it is the perfect decision. That’s a big deal, especially when you commit really early.”
Yeast missed the final part of his junior season with an injury but says he’s healthy now and working on getting “stronger, faster and putting on weight” so he can have a great senior season. His family will be moving because his father has taken a job as offensive coordinator at Franklin College near Indianapolis and Yeast will be playing at Center Grove High School.
“It’s a good program. I will have to work my butt off because nothing will be handed to me,” Yeast, who can play multiple positions on offense and defense, said.
He’s still hearing from numerous schools. He plans to attend some school’s junior days as well as visiting Louisville and Iowa. He also plans to be in Lexington “real soon” to meet with new offensive coaches Eddie Gran and Darrin Hinshaw.
“I would love to meet the new staff in person. Once I meet the new staff it will really clear up things and help me feel even better about my commitment, but I am still solid with Kentucky right now,” Yeast said.