Joseph Yearby (5'9/190) is a running back from Miami Central that is
currently ranked the No. 4 running back nationally in what can be considered the
best running back class in several years.
Yearby has already committed to play college football for the Miami Hurricanes.
Never one afraid to compete, Yearby came out to the Nike Football Training Camp
on Sunday at Barry University in Miami to claim his second consecutive running
back MVP award from the counselors.
There aren't a lot of drills in shorts and t-shirts that favor linebackers on
the spring and summer camp circuit, but Nike has one drill set up that
definitely favors the linebackers by giving a running back a very narrow window
to try and beat him without being touched.
The drill is tough enough for the running backs that if the back is able to
create enough space that the linebacker only touches him with one hand, it's
considered a win for the running back.
To not get touched at all takes a special player, usually a tiny, quick slot
receiver type. To do it at 190 pounds, not once, but twice shows an elite level
of change of direction.
Yearby lets his play on the field do the talking and the crowd make the noise.
After posterizing some poor linebacker, Yearby did nothing more than turn back
around with a sheepish grin as the coaches, players, and spectators still buzzed
about his elusiveness.
To sum up how difficult this is to do, I watched roughly 100 reps of this drill.
Three of the reps had a running back go untouched. Two were by Yearby (the third
was Cedric Miller of Miami Norland).
Here's a look at Yearby in action:
Scott began with Scout as the Southeast Regional Manager in 2002. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, Scott developed and ran the National Scout Combine series from 2005 thru 2008. Scott has been Director of Scouting since 2006 and oversees the Recruiting Rankings for Scout.
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