By NU Athletic Communications
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DE, 6-4, 230, Glendale, Ariz. (Ironwood HS)
Defensive end William Yancy is part of an impressive recruiting haul by Nebraska in the state of Arizona. The Huskers inked five prep standouts from the Grand Canyon state, NU's largest ever recruiting influx from Arizona. Yancy is joined in the 2007 NU class by his Ironwood High School teammate Eric Hagg. Yancy is also one of seven players in the 2007 class who are slated to begin their careers on the defensive front, and is one of two defensive ends in the class. Yancy helped Ironwood and Coach Larry Allen to a 7-4 record in 2006 by registering 32 tackles and seven sacks from his strongside defensive end position. For his efforts, Yancy earned honorable-mention Class 5A all-state honors from the Arizona Republic. Yancy earned all-region honors as a junior when he racked up 66 tackles and 11 sacks while playing the weakside defensive end spot. Yancy participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Florida following his senior season. Yancy is ranked as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, which lists him as the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of Arizona and the 19th-best strongside defensive end prospect nationally. Scout.com ranks him as a three-star prospect, while SuperPrep Magazine listed Yancy as the No. 10 overall prospect in the state of Arizona. Yancy is also a standout performer on Ironwood's basketball team. He splits time starting between center and power forward and has helped his team to a 14-4 record through late January. He averages double figures in rebounds and leads his team with four blocked shots per game. Yancy chose Nebraska after also taking visits to Arizona State and Purdue, and turning down an offer from Oklahoma. He is the son of Clark and Joyce Yancy and was born on Jan. 9, 1989.