Since he was limited to just five games as a sophomore last season, many people may not be familiar with the name of Archbishop Murphy DE Jackson Yost. However, the big and physically gifted defensive line prospect is definitely an name worth remember when you talk about the 2017 in-state class.
“I separated my (right) shoulder in the second game, against Kingston, so I was limited to just five games because I had to heal up,” Yost told Northwest Elite Index recently. “I’m all healed up now and I was in full-contact during spring ball, so I am back and ready to go all out this fall.”
At 6’3″ and tipping the scales at 265 pounds, Yost appears to have the frame to play both inside or outside at the next level.
“I’m a defensive end for us, but I can play on either side of the ball and I’ll play wherever the coaches ask me to play,” Yost noted. “I play both offensive line and defensive line, but defense is my passion.
“I love to hit and get after the quarterback, but I also just like taking on offensive linemen straight up and battling that way too.
“Probably the biggest thing for me, the thing that sets me apart from the rest of the (high school) defensive ends is my work ethic. I never give up on a play. If they run away from me, I run it down from the backside. I just never give up.”
On the recruiting front, since he spent most of his sophomore campaign on the mend, most schools have told Yost they like what he brings to the table, but they want to see more of him this fall.
“I’ve been talking to Washington, Washington State, Oregon State and Duke the most and I went to several camps in June,” Yost noted. “I went to the Northwest Elite camp, Team USA, NUC and NUC Top 100 West and then the Washington Rising Stars camp.
“The coaches all said they liked what they saw, but they want to watch me some more this fall now that I am back to 100 percent.”
With his ideal size and top-end athleticism, Yost is definitely a player to keep an eye on this season. If he can stay healthy and show schools the necessary improvement, there is no reason he shouldn’t end the year with at least a few offers on the table as he heads into the spring of his junior year.