Craig Yeast II, or Russ Yeast, as he goes by is a 5’10” WR/DB who weighs 175 pounds and currently plays in the state of Indiana. Russ, who recently moved to Indiana from Ohio is a 4* Athlete ranked in the top 300 for the class of 2017 according to ESPN. He was part of a huge recruiting day for Mark Stoops and the Kentucky football team when James Hudson, Michael Warren, and Yeast all committed to the University of Kentucky on the same day. All three of them are considered 4* recruits by at least one of the major recruiting services. As always, show him the love of the Big Blue Nation and give him a follow on Twitter (@russ_yeast03).
Being the son of Craig Yeast, a former college football star at Kentucky and professional football, Russ has been around football literally all his life. Russ is a highly sought after recruit who has helped raise the Kentucky 2017 recruiting class to #9 nationally so far. However, there has been some talk from recruiting experts who say he is only a soft commit and could very well opt out of his commitment and take his talents elsewhere. Myself, as well as many other fans heard the phrase “Couch to Yeast” so many times but it never got old and I sure hope we get to hear “Barker, Johnson, Hoak, or Mac to Yeast in the years to come. I was able to ask him about his recruitment and where he stands with Kentucky amongst all the chatter and here is how it went.
Me: Growing up around football literally all your life, can you explain what it means for you to be able to make it to the level at which you are at?
Russ: It means a lot, it’s very humbling. I am very thankful for my parents support and knowledge from already knowing how this process goes. I am very thankful for this opportunity
Me: I have read where your dad said you could play Defensive Back as well at the next level, so my question is, what position do you expect to play at the college level?
Russ: I will be playing Wide Receiver at Kentucky. That is the position they recruited me for. They want me on the offensive side of the ball.
Me: Your dad was a legend at Kentucky himself, so did that play a big role in your commitment to the Cats?
Russ: Dad playing at Kentucky helped for sure, but that is not why I committed to Kentucky. I felt like it was a good fit for me and I want to make my own legacy
Me: With that being said, there has been talk that you may not be a solid commit to the Cats and are possibly looking to go elsewhere. What, if anything do you have to say to the people saying this?
Russ: I would like to say to them that I am completely solid in my commitment to UK. Just like James Hudson, I am going to continue to look at schools interested to make sure I am making the right decision. Again, I am 100% committed to UK. Mac Jones and myself are very actively trying to recruit guys to join us at UK.
Me: I can completely understand that. It’s not like making a decision on what you are going to eat today; this is your future we are talking about. This is the point where I give you a chance to relay a message to all of the Big Blue Nation. Is there anything you would like to say?
Russ: I would just like to say for the Big Blue Nation to stay patient. The future is bright for UK football. There are great things to come for the program and the fans alike. Just stay confident and patient.