August 20, 2009

UCLA leads for Carson three-star

It's been a whirlwind summer for Carson, Calif., high school offensive lineman Wade Yandall, since his senior year commenced, which translated into summer school classes in preparation for an early, January graduation. He also has been maniacally attacking both the weight room and the practice field with a vengeance, as hopes run high for his Carson Colts Football team.

"I came into the summer at 280 and added another 10 pounds of muscle, so I'm at 290, working my way up to 300," the 6-5 highly-recruited Yandall told "I am constantly working to get faster, stronger, and better."

Remarkably, Yandall has only played one full season of high school football, yet both his offensive line Coach Carlos Ruiz and defensive line Coach Ralph Caldwell have decreed Yandall to be one of the fastest learners they have ever witnessed in coaching, a sentiment echoed by Head Coach Mike Christiansen, who also added, "Wade personifies the term 'student-athlete.' He is everything a that term implies and more."

Yandall says that Ruiz, in particular, has equipped him with a veritable stockpile of blocking techniques, so much so that he now feels he can play either position with ease.

"I played volleyball as a freshman and sophomore to keep my weight down, and then decided to try football again-he was deemed too big for Pop Warner-primarily to keep busy and stay out of trouble. "

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