By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State defensive backs coach Marcel Yates has decided to leave the Broncos to take a job at Texas A&M, a source told the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday night.
Yates’ specific title is unclear, but he is expected to coach the defensive backs.
Yates has been on the Broncos’ staff for nine years, three as the cornerbacks coach (2003-05) and six as the defensive backs coach (2006-11). He added defensive pass game coordinator to his title in 2011.
He has produced four NFL Draft picks in the past five years and likely will have one more this year. Plus, safety Jeron Johnson made the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.
Just as importantly, Yates has been the Broncos’ primary recruiter in Los Angeles, one of the program’s key sources of talent. He is from Los Angeles and he played defensive back for the Broncos (1996-99).
Yates has been chased by larger programs before, but has been with the Broncos longer than any current full-time coach except Petersen. His departure leaves just two original Petersen staffers — defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski and tight ends coach Scott Huff.
Yates is the third coach to take a job this week, joining offensive coordinator Brent Pease (Florida) and special teams coach Jeff Choate (Washington State). All three were key parts of the Broncos’ recent Texas recruiting pipeline.