Northwestern added its second commitment from Oak Park-River Forest when the Huskies' senior quarterback Lloyd Yates (6-foot-1,190 pounds) gave the Wildcats his verbal commitment.
"The biggest deciding factor for me was the people at Northwestern," Yates said. "The coaches at Northwestern are just amazing people. I know I can learn so much from them on and off the field. I also have been able to get to know some of the other recruits and some of the players. It just seems like a great atmosphere at Northwestern on and off the field. Northwestern offers great academics and Big Ten football, yet in the end for me it was the people."
Yates joins his current teammates senior offensive tackle Adam Lemke-Bell (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) in pledging to Northwestern.
"It's exciting that I can get a chance to keep playing with Adam," he said. "I'm just very excited to be a part of this Northwestern recruiting class."
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The Wildcats now have 17 known verbal commitment in the 2015 class, including pledges from Yates, Lemke-Bell, Stevenson senior wide receiver Cameron Green and Wheaton South linebacker Tommy Vitale.
Yates, who is listed as an athlete by Rivals.com was recruited by the Wildcats as a quarterback yet also has the potential to play several different spots on the field.
"Northwestern said I'm going in as a quarterback first. The coaches also feel that I could become an athlete type for them and that I could play a few different spots if needed," he said. "I'm willing to give it my best shot at quarterback but I'm also willing to help the team in anyway I can."