Pitt nabs verbal commitment from Lake Travis’ Nate Yarnell

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Pitt picked up Lake Travis quarterback, Nate Yarnell’s, commitment on Thursday. Yarnell, a product of the state’s top “quarterback factory”, announced on Thursday that he was committed to Pitt via twitter:


The three-star junior has seven other offers from schools like Tulsa, Texas State, Houston, Utah and more. In a YouTube interview with Pittsburgh Sports Now, Yarnell explained that he chose Pitt over the other options because they checked all of his boxes with things he was looking for in a school and football program. “There was nothing but support for me and that’s something I really look forward to in going to Pitt and it made this decision really easy.” Yarnell said. 

Yarnell didn’t get to visit Pitt before committing due to the COVID-19 virus, but was able to go on virtual tours and talk to others about what it might be like to be a student at Pitt. Yarnell is confident that he got an accurate representation of what Pitt is like. 

The 6-6 passer started in only six games in the 2019 season where he threw for 1,489 yards and 14 touchdowns in an undefeated run for the program. The pro-style quarterback entered the season from the bench to replace an injure Hudson Card who is a 2020 Texas signee. “Playing football for Lake Travis was one of the most fun times of my life,” Yarnell said. “All of the recruiting that came out of it was just really, really crazy.”

Should Yarnell sign with Pitt come winter, he will extend a legendary recruiting streak as the 10th quarterback to go D1 (Reesing, Gilber, M. Brewer, Lagasse, Mayfield, DeLira, C. Brewer, Baldwin, and Card). Lake Travis last started a quarterback who didn’t join a D1 program in 2003. “Just being at Lake Travis with the talent we play and the great talent in our system… I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. Just being behind [Card] made me a better player.” Yarnell said. 

Yarnell is looking forward to taking on the 2020 season with the hopes of winning a state title.

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