Yeargin "relieved" to get Irish offer

Outside linebacker/defensive end Richard Yeargin of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School gives his reaction to his recent Notre Dame offer, and he explains why the Irish are high on him. Yeargin also details plans on narrowing his list of close to 30 offers and making a final decision.

After being in conversations with the Notre Dame staff for quite some time, outside linebacker Richard Yeargin of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School got the good news early Wednesday morning from defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.

"It's a great feeling," Yeargin said. "I feel relieved. I plan on visiting Notre Dame this summer. Notre Dame is a very prestigious school and they have a lot of tradition. It's something that you invest in and it's an experience you get a lot out of."

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker said Diaco just recently got his first real glance at Yeargin's film.

"Coach Diaco told me that they like I can play defensive end and linebacker,"Yeargin said. "They like that I'm long and I'm good at the push rush. They also think I have a lot of upside. Actually, Coach Diaco told me that yesterday was the first time he saw my film, and he wanted to offer right after that."

Yeargin has received 18 offers since mid-January, and his most recent offers include Notre Dame, Michigan and Mississippi State.

"I plan on putting out a more solid list of top schools after summer," Yeargin said. "Right now, recruiting is really picking up. It's buzzing really hard. Sometimes, it's really hectic and then it gets steady. It switches off, so right now I'm kind of disorganized."

"I plan on taking all of my official visits, choosing a top three after that, and announcing on signing day," Yeargin said.

After experiencing such a steady a flow of offers, Yeargin says he's not quite sure who will be next.

"Notre Dame was the one I was waiting on," Yeargin said. "I'm pretty sure Alabama will offer this spring, they just want to see me play first. I'm not sure of anyone else."

When Yeargin does decide on a school, what will be the main factors?

"Academics, how comfortable I am with the coaches and if I can trust them, and how I fit in with the team and with the school," he said.

Yeargin says he will visit either Clemson or Miami this weekend.

Yeargin is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 29 outside linebacker in the 2014 class. Top Stories