Yanoshak weighing Notre Dame offer
BG DL would be preferred walk-on
Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic senior Andrew Yanoshak got plenty of good news on Tuesday.
The first, being named to the Pa. Football Writers’ All-State Team for the second year in a row, was somewhat expected, but the second was surprising enough that Yanoshak was still trying to allow it to sink in hours after it happened.
The 6-foot-3 inch, 240-pound defensive lineman and tight end got a call from Notre Dame with an offer to join the Irish football team as a preferred walk-on.
“It was really exciting and something I wasn’t expecting,” Yanoshak said. “To get an offer from one of the top four teams in the nation is a super awesome feeling.”
Bishop Guilfoyle coach Justin Wheeler said he was on speakerphone with Notre Dame coaches on Tuesday.
“It was a pretty cool moment to hear from Notre Dame, which is getting ready to play for a national championship,” Wheeler said. “They called me, and I spent an hour on the phone with them. It was a pretty neat experience to talk to them about Andrew and our program and what we’re trying to do here.”
Yanoshak helped the Marauders win a second consecutive District 6 Class 1A title this season and had 22 tackles for loss, including five sacks, in nine games this past year.
“They said they felt like he played with an edge and liked his effort on both sides of the ball,” Wheeler said. “They wanted to talk about his work ethic and what type of person he was. They wanted to know about him as a person as well as a player. They definitely did their homework and told Andrew (Tuesday). It’s pretty neat that they are game-planning for the national semifinals and they took an hour out of their day as a coaching staff to call me on speakerphone and discuss Andrew and what he’s doing.”
Yanoshak’s numbers were down from the gaudy ones he posted as a junior. He led Bishop Guilfoyle to the state title game and recorded 20 sacks in 2019, but he saw more double teams and faced squads that game planned specifically to avoid him this year.
Yanoshak saw taking up two defenders as providing an opportunity for his teammates.
“They asked about what kind of a teammate he was, and I said he’s never worried about his stats and never asked for the ball,” Wheeler said. “He was never worried about that. He always just wanted to do what was best for the team, and they were pretty impressed by that. As good as Andrew was, he never cared about individual recognition. He just wanted to win for the team.”
Yanoshak played all four seasons for the Marauders and finished with 65 tackles for loss, 34 sacks, 69 hurries, 12 forced fumbles and recovered eight fumbles in his 45-game career at BG.
Offensively, he caught 38 passes for 444 yards and four touchdowns, including 17 catches for 195 yards and two scores this past season.
“My family, on my mom’s side, are big Notre Dame fans,” Yanoshak said. “I have family who went there in the past, so it’s great for me and my family to be recognized by them.”
Yanoshak also announced on his Twitter account that he received an offer from Lock Haven to play football on Tuesday, though he admitted his mind was certainly on Notre Dame at the moment.
“It’s going to be hard to turn Notre Dame down,” Yanoshak said. “I’m not 100 percent committed yet, but I’m super excited about the opportunity though.”