Bethel ATH Devonte Yates (Photo: Nathaniel Jones/recruit757)
St. Andrews gains commitment out of Bethel ATH De’vonte Yates
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Bethel has gone under the radar in terms of recruiting over the last couple of years, however; the Bruins have still been able to fulfill the promise made by Coach William Beverly in advancing prospects beyond the halls of Bethel. On Tuesday, starting defensive end Josiah Hill made the decision to place all of his eggs in a basket belonging to Coach John Davis and the Apprentice School making him the first 2019 prospect to commit out of Bethel. Following in his footsteps on Wednesday evening was starting defensive back De’vonte Yates.
On January 8, Yates (2019 ATH 5-8 170) condensed his offer list to five programs which included the likes of: St. Andrews, Lincoln, Ferrum, McPherson and Christopher Newport. On Wednesday night, Yates made the decision to continue his academic and athletic career at St. Andrews University.
“They made me feel a part of their program before I even step on campus,” Yates told recruit757. “They are showing love everyday so I felt as if that could be my new home.”
While at St. Andrews, the Knights will utilize Yates in the same way the coaching staff at Bethel decided to use him. Expect the Bruins’ prospect to be targeted in the slot, at running back and at defensive back. In terms of his academics, Yates plans on getting involved in computer and information systems which is also another factor that guided him in the direction of St. Andrews University.
Yates marks the second prospect out of Bethel to announce his commitment this year. Outside of naming his “Top 5”, Yates also held collegiate offers from: Judson, Concordia Ann-Arbor, Keystone, Concordia University of Nebraska, North Carolina Wesleyan, Greensboro, Brevard, Glenville State, Arkansas Baptist, Birmingham Prep, Thiel, Culver-Stockton, Clarke and Bluefield.
Moving forward for Bethel, all eyes will be on both Tyra Brewington-Parker and Jaquan Pinson. Brewington-Parker (2019 RB 6-0 190) is sitting on three collegiate offers while Bayou Prep in early January provided Pinson (2019 RB/DB 5-8 160) with his eighth offer
– Brandon Mitchell