Yeargin breaks down the decision

Richard Yeargin III may be a four-star prospect, but he wants to be a five-star contributor to the Clemson program both on and off the field.

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Yeargin has big-time expectations for his college career, and shortly after he announced his plans to sign with Clemson, he spoke to CUTigers.

"Clemson really showed me the fact that I'll go there and walk out a better man than when I walk in, from every aspect of life. That's what you want at the end of the day," he said.

That decision was "officially" made two weeks ago.

"It was just a matter of when I wanted to announce," Yeargin said.

So he did that at the University School in South Florida. The former Notre Dame commitment picked Clemson over Texas.

"I'm hoping to be an Academic All-American as well as a Freshman All-American and All-ACC three to four years in a row," Yeargin said. "I'm also looking to be a leader on this team, as far as a captain at some point. I want to emerge into a leader, you have to earn that.

"I also want to be a spokesman for the team. I want to be a guy that speaks well on behalf of the program."

After watching what Marion Hobby has done with guys like Vic Beasley, Yeargin also looks forward to getting to work with the Tiger coaching staff.

"He's done a great job with Vic Beasley and a numerous amount of other guys that will be in the draft, maybe not this year, but next year," Yeargin said. "I think coach Hobby is a great guy, but my main recruiter was Brent Venables."

One of the first offers Venables extended when he arrived to Clemson was to Yeargin.

"He's been there since day one. Two years ago, he was the first person to offer me a scholarship my sophomore year," Yeargin said. "And, from there, my life just went haywire, as far as the recruiting process, as far as my achievements."

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