August 19, 2011
Black Knights have their eyes on NJ quarterback
Talk about high school pressure. Imagine taking over the quarterback reins for a program that in 2009 earned the distinction as the No. 1 high school team in the nation, where they received the RivalsHigh 100 National Champion title.
Then in 2010 that team finished the season 12-0 and was ranked No. 6 in the country.
And that same program appears to be just as loaded in 2011 and has been ranked No. 2 nationally in the RivalsHigh 100 preseason poll.
Well that high school is Don Bosco Prep (NJ) and that quarterback is senior, Mike Yankovich, who last year was on the receiving end of starter, Gary Nova (Rutgers' commit) passes.
"We're number one in the country in a lot of the pre-season polls," says the 6-foot-0, 190 pounds, who says that he comfortable managing the pressure.
"I'm just trying to step in and do what they staff ask me to do and lead my team. You can't really worry about all that outside stuff. We're just trying to go through our schedule and take it game by game ... that's all I'm trying to do right now."
For the quarterback/wide receiver who runs a 4.55 forty, he is hearing from several Northeast schools who all have impressive academic reputations, such as Penn, Columbia, Richmond and William & Mary.
Although none are Division I programs, there is one neighboring school that fits that billing and that is Army.
"They haven't offered me yet and a lot schools want to see senior film because I didn't play quarterback," says Yankovich, who shared his thoughts about West Point and playing football for the Black Knights.
"I think it would be a great opportunity for me to go there. I think I fit into their offense and what they do up there very well. The military side is what I have to think about, but I think it's a phenomenal opportunity."
Yankovich was quick to point out that Bosco's style of offense would offer an easy transition into the triple option that the Black Knights run.
"We run more a spread, but we have a lot of read options in our offense as well," he adds. "So I think it would work out well and I don't think it would be that too hard of a transition."
In 2010, Yankovich had 20 receptions and although he will be under center this season, some schools are looking and recruiting him as an athlete. But senior prospect feels that he has something to offer schools as a quarterback.
"I'm a dual threat QB ... run and throw," Yankovich describes. "I like the run ball, get down hill and I can run between tackles. Get outside and I can throw it down field as well."
When asked who his favorite quarterback was from the college and NFL venue, he acknowledged that it was a former Florida Gator.
"I like Tim Tebow obviously," shares a laughing Yankovich, who like Tebow, is a southpaw. "I like to emulate his style ... the way he leads his team and stuff."
Yankovich, who is a true student athlete has already taken an unofficial visit to the West Point campus and came away very impressed.
"I actually went up for an unofficial visit a few weeks back," he declares, who is being recruiting at Army by Tucker Waugh. "I have been up there for a few games because it's so close. I went up there with Kyle Sakowski, who is a teammate of mine."
"I really liked it. The facilities and everything are top of line and it's a great opportunity to play some top level football. The school speaks for itself and it's a phenomenal place."
Yankovich, who lives 45 minutes from West Point and maintains a 4.1 GPA (weighted) is hoping that the Black Knights offer. Don't be surprised if an offer isn't forthcoming very soon for Yankovich and Sakowski.
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