Meridian Star

February 6, 2013

Lions’ Yarbor plans to sign with Demons

Tony Tsoukalas
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Former Meridian Wildcat and East Mississippi Community College standout Jason Yarbor has announced he plans to sign his letter-of-intent to play football and baseball at Northwestern State University today at during a school ceremony at Meridian High School at 10 a.m.

    “They were the only school who would allow me to play both football and baseball,” Yarbor said. “I had pretty much made up my decision when they told me that on my visit. I just like the school.”

    The 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back turned down offers from Kansas, Iowa State, Florida Atlantic, South Alabama, UL-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette, and others to sign with the Northwestern State and continue playing his first love — baseball.

    “I've been in baseball since Day 1,” Yarbor said. “Baseball has always been my first love. As long as I treat baseball right, I'm sure it is going to treat me right.”

    Yarbor said he his parents also played a key role in his decision, as they accompanied him on his visit to Natchitoches, La. Along with not being far from home, Yarbor also got along with the Northwestern coaching staff.

    “They have some great coaches,” Yarbor said. “That is an important to me. The coaches are funny, crazy funny. I think I'll love him, he's a great coach.”

    Though Yarbor enjoyed the recruiting process early on, he is relieved the process is finally over with. Now, Yarbor will continue to focus on baseball as he aims to be a leader on the EMCC baseball team this season.

    “It got kind of hectic,” Yarbor said of the process. “I would be getting text messages all the time whenever I got out of class, and I got calls in class. It's always good to be wanted, but it did get kind of hectic.”

    Yarbor will not be alone at Northwestern State. The soon to be Demon said he there will also be a surprise commit from an EMCC teammate.

    “I got a little something up my sleeve,” Yarbor said. “Somebody else is going to sign with Northwestern State. I'm not going to tell you who, you got to wait.”

     The cornerback also hinted that it was an offensive player, but would not into anymore detail.