Northwestern offered a scholarship to Lloyd Yates on Tuesday, the three-star QB/ATH told InsideNU. Early in the day, Yates' high school coach at Oak Park and River Forest High School called him and told him to call Matt MacPherson, Northwestern's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.
It was then that Yates found out Northwestern was offering him. He then called head coach Pat Fitzgerald. There had been some question regarding what position Yates, the No. 33 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, would play if he attended Northwestern and Yates said that Northwestern's staff told him he may start his career at quarterback but a position change may occur depending on the team's needs and his performance.
Yates has always been interested in Northwestern, with both his father and brother attending the University. His high school teammate, OT Adam Lemke-Bell, committed to Northwestern earlier this year. After top quarterback target Travis Waller committed to Oregon and with schools such as USC coming hard after Sam Darnold, Northwestern finally decided to pull the trigger on Yates.
Yates said that he sensed his situation hinged on the decisions of other quarterback targets. Yates said that he still does not have a timetable for his decision, but plans to visit Evanston in the next week or two. Other than Northwestern, he said that Northern Illinois, Akron and Colgate are his other top choices.