RY3 primed for life in Clemson

Richard Yeargin III, the lone freshman defensive end that Clemson will have in 2014, will have plenty of upperclassmen to learn from this fall.

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And chances are he'll have to carry a few sets of shoulder pads and helmets to the West End Zone after practices this fall.

Vic Beasley, Corey Crawford and Tavaris Barnes are all seniors. Other upperclassmen include Kevin Dodd, Shaquille Lawson, Dane Rogers and Ebenezer Ogundeko.

"First season, I really want to learn as much as possible behind Vic Beasley, being the fact that he's going to be a first-round draft pick and all those wonderful things," Yeargin said. "It's good to get to learn from the best. But, at the same time, I'm going to push my teammates as far as they can go and I expect the same in return.

"But my first plan when I get there is do well in summer school, impress the coaches with my work ethic, to be an on-time-man, to be an asset to the team and not a liability."

That will get started later this month.

"I should arrive on June 20th or the 21st. As soon as I get there, everything begins, rigorous summer courses, long hours of film study and just getting after it," Yeargin said.

He knows it won't be easy.

"You're going to encounter summer hardships and some adversity. You're also going to enjoy yourself and you're going to reap the benefits of your hard work," Yeargin said. "It's just a game of chess, you have to be patient and be sure you make all the right moves so that you set yourself up for success.

"Moving forward, I feel as though I've prepared myself for this moment, for three to four years now. I'm just ready to do what I've got to do."

A four-star recruit out of the University School in Fort Lauderdale, Yeargin had had 85 tackles during his senior season, including 21.5 tackles for loss, 15 of which were sacks.

"It's really exciting I get to be somewhere I've always wanted to be, somewhere I feel comfortable and somewhere success is right there -- all I have to do is grab a hold of it," he said. "It's been a long journey to get here, but I'm excited to be there, almost."

Jefferie Gibson, Trevion Thompson and Jabril Robinson will be his roommates.

"I'm set. I'm just waiting for the time to finally call myself a Clemson Tiger," Yeargin said.

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