knows all too well how dangerous a weapon West Virginia
quarterback Pat White is on the football field.
White, a Heisman Trophy candidate, holds a 2-1 record against the Cardinals during his career and has proven a nightmare – and a near impossibility - to defend because of his explosive running ability and passing skills.
Having played – and lost twice to White the past few years, Louisville has hit the recruiting trail to find their own version of West Virginia's star QB.
His name: Emmanuel Yeager – a 6-2, 195-pound dual-threat star from Washington, D.C. While Yeager might not be as explosive with his feet as White, it seems the future Louisville quarterback has the stronger arm of the two.
Louisville quarterback commit
Emmanuel Yeager has drawn
comparisons to WVU star Pat White.
"He's our Pat White," said Coolidge's Jason Lane, Yeager's high school coach. "He's a two-dimensional quarterback. We timed him in the high 4.5's and he is a dual-threat quarterback. He has a strong arm and is very accurate. And the kid can run the football."
Yeager is coming off a summer full of outstanding combine and camp performances. He won MVP honors at a top east coast camp at Rutgers in May, took home first team All-Combine honors at the Scout.com event in Pittsburgh and earned a scholarship to Louisville with his performance last month at the Cardinals camp.
"What we've seen in the last couple months is that Emmanuel has grown an inch and gotten a lot stronger and faster," Lane said. "I would say in the comparison to Pat White – White is probably a little faster and a little taller but Emmanuel is more of an accurate passer."
Bob Lichtenfels, Scout.com's east coast recruiting director, says fans would be wise to use caution with the Pat White comparisons.
"He's not as good a running quarterback as Pat White but he's got a cannon of an arm," said Lichtenfels. "His arm is one of the strongest I've seen the last couple of years. But he's raw. He's got to learn touch with the ball and how to take some off. He sometimes throws it too hard because his arm is so good. But his arm strength is second to none."
In Yeager, Louisville has found their quarterback for their 2009 recruiting class. Lane believes he'll be a perfect fit in the Cardinals offensive system.
"I think he will be a perfect fit for Louisville's (offense)," Lane said. "I've followed some of the guys that came through there like Brohm and Redman. As a pocket passer I see (Emmanuel) fitting into the same category as those guys. But he has the added dimension – the Pat White syndrome. If any situation breaks down he can make something out of nothing."
Lane also praised Yeager's strong work ethic on and off the field.
"He's very knowledgeable about the game," said Lane. "He studies very hard and I haven't had a quarterback as knowledgeable as him in 20 years. He's the type of kid that works hard and wants to get better."
"He's a great kid and has an outgoing personality," Lane added. "He's shows great leadership and has done nothing but great things since transferring to Coolidge. He's excellent in the classroom. His core is between 2.4-2.8. He's been a positive influence to our kids and the program."
Lichtenfels said he's high on Yeager's potential but believes he'll need time to learn Louisville's system and adjust to the game at the Big East-level.
"He's raw and it's going to take him some time to get him to where Louisville needs him to be," Lichtenfels said. "But he's got a lot of upside and he's got a cannon."
Will new 2009 Louisville quarterback commit Emmanuel Yeager, a 6-2, 195-pound standout from Washington, D.C. (Coolidge), turn out to be the Cardinals version of West Virginia star quarterback Pat White? Yeager's high school coach and Bob Lichtenfels, Scout.com's east coast recruiting director, weigh in on the subject.