Texas junior quarterback Nate Yarnell entered the 2019 football season as the backup to starter Hudson Card, who’s headed to Texas.
Things changed midway through the season, as Card suffered a toe injury, which meant Yarnell took over as the starter for traditional Texas power Lake Travis High School. Not only did Yarnell go undefeated as the man in charge of the offense but he also was impressive enough to earn himself his first scholarship offers.
Following a phone call Sunday night with Mark Whipple, Yarnell received the news that Pitt offered, which becomes his first Power Five offer.
“For me, it’s always been a dream to play college football at a really high level so to get an offer from a school like Pitt with their tradition is a really big deal to me. I’m just really excited for this potential opportunity,” Yarnell told Pittsburgh Sports Now.
As it often the case, despite officially receiving the news last night, Yarnell and the Pitt coaching staff have been in touch prior to this week.
“They reached out back in January and since then have stay in touch by sending letters and things,” said Yarnell. “I was happy to start making a connection with them so I continued staying in touch and things developed from there.
“When Coach Whipple called to offer, he talked to me about all the great things that are going on at Pitt, all the things that the program is working to achieve, how the coaches operates and really what the experience would be like at Pitt.”
Yarnell now holds offers from Pitt, Houston and Tulsa, which isn’t bad for someone that’s only played a handful of high school games. While he’s obviously excited, does any of this surprise him?
“Considering I’ve only started six football games as a starter, it keeps my hopes high and is exciting,” Yarnell said. “Getting this opportunity is all I could’ve ever asked for. All of this is just crazy and I’m just going to continue to keep grinding,” said Yarnell.
The Austin, Texas native told PSN that some things he considers strengths of his game are his knowledge of football and his desire to continue learning about offenses and opposing defenses in order to get better.
With his high school shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Yarnell started his on-line classes from home on Monday. When life returns back to normal and traveling his permitted, Yarnell would like to make a trip to Pittsburgh to learn more about the program and meet with the Panther coaches.
“I’m going to take the first opportunity I have to get up there and am really excited for that to happen,” said Yarnell. “I’m not sure of the timeline because of everything going on right now but I’m not worried about it. Until then, I’m just going to try and work to get better at football and my recruiting will take care of itself when all of this clears up.”
— Nate Yarnell (@NateYarnell) January 11, 2020