#23 Ethan Yip of Episcopal (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Ethan Yip picks the Tribe
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
William and Mary has added a key piece to its secondary puzzle, with Episcopal High cornerback Ethan Yip (c/o 2021, 6-2 175) making a verbal commitment to the Tribe on Wednesday.
In Yip, Mike London’s team may be getting a diamond in the rough. Last season, the Canadian-born athlete broke his collarbone in the second week of the season against Virginia Beach’s Catholic High. The injury would put him out for the rest of the football season. However, Yip did bounce back to compete in indoor track, and with Zedekiah Williams, Aaron Lindsey and Dante Jackson, was part of a Maroon quartet that won the Virginia Independent Schools title in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:27.43.
So, it’s no surprise to hear Episcopal coach Mark Moroz state that “(Yip) is a great kid, and William and Mary is getting a stud! He has the potential to be an immediate impact player for them.”
And it may have been the Tribe’s patience that helped them land the standout defender.
“I decided to attend W&M because they have been there for me since the beginning of the recruiting process,” Yip told recruitNoVA.com. “I had visited the school twice before making my decision, and during my second visit, I was able to watch one of the practices and I realized the high-level intensity and great football they had over there,”
Under London, the Tribe has been steadily improving, from a 2-9 mark in 2017, to 4-6 in 2018, and 5-7 last season, his first after being hired from Howard University. London, a former assistant under longtime Tribe head coach Jimmye Laycock, brought other impressive credentials as a head coach to Williamsburg, including winning a Division I-AA national title at the University of Richmond (2008) and being selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year at the University of Virginia in 2011.
Academics also played a factor in Yip’s decision to choose the Williamsburg school.
“A huge part was also the education that W&M has to offer, being one of the top schools in the country,” he added. “That is something I always looked for in a school. (W&M) has everything – high-level football and high-level academics.”
Yip is projected to continue playing cornerback with William and Mary, where his position coach will be Ras-I Dowling, a Deep Creek High product who played for London as an All-American defensive back at the University of Virginia before being drafted by Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots with the 33rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. During his five years in the NFL, Dowling was a member of two Super Bowl teams – New England Patriots (2011) and Carolina Panthers (2015). He also spent time with the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders.
“I couldn’t be happier to be in (Dowling’s) hands,” said Yip, who (virus pending) will aim to help the Maroon improve on last season’s 5-4 record this fall.
Yip’s preferred major at William and Mary will be business, and he is eagerly setting his sights on the future, thankful that last season’s injury did not delay his academic and athletic progress.
“With the major setback I had faced, William and Mary still believed in me, and still saw me as a great ball player, and a great kid who came from Canada.”
– Jim McGrath