BEAVERTON, Ore.—The No. 12 overall outside linebacker in the class of 2014 is University School (Fla.) of Nova South four-star Richard Yeargin III. Making his way out to the Nike headquarters to compete against some of the top talent the nation has to offer, Yeargin III made the most of every rep, word of encouragement, and detailed coaching.
“I love to compete,” Yeargin III told GoBlueWolverine. “No doubt about it. I feel as though we had a great time out there today, win or lose, and it was just a great experience.
“It’s really been a blessing to be coached up by some of the best to ever play the game and just receive some knowledge from them and different experiences,” said Yeargin III. “I’ve picked up some new things.”
Yeargin III says what stuck with him the most out of his time at The Opening is learning to have the mental toughness to overcome adverse situations, something he’ll take with him into his season this fall.
Measuring in at 6-foot-3, 225-pounds during the SPARQ testing, Yeargin III looks more like a long, pass-rushing defensive end at his outside linebacker spot in 7-on-7’s but maintains good enough speed to stick with his man in coverage.
Holding offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, and many others from around the country, Michigan is another school with a scholarship on the table. Yeargin III’s developing relationship with new Wolverine linebacker’s coach Roy Manning is proving to be intriguing enough to make the trip north for an official visit to Ann Arbor this fall.
“We stay in constant contact,” said Yeargin III. “I really like him (coach Manning), he’s understandable, and him and I relate to one another. It’s a really good relationship.
“I haven’t gotten the chance to get up there for a visit but I will this fall.”
Though Yeargin III hasn’t decided which game he’ll attend at Michigan, USC is the only other official visit the Florida native plans to take at this point. The Wolverines are recruiting Yeargin III as a strong side linebacker in their 4-3 defense but when he steps on campus for a visit, he’ll be just as focused on how he fits in off the field as well.
“The biggest thing I want to see is how do they treat you and what do they have to offer that another school may not have to offer?” said Yeargin III. “Will they be able to help me out if I didn’t make it to the NFL because football can end at anytime. I just want to learn more about the program.”
A self-professed, team-oriented player, Yeargin III says his decision could come at any time, possibly even before he takes the field for the first time as a senior.
“I plan on making a decision either the first game of the season or right after the season ends,” he said.