Yeargin III excited about Notre Dame visit

Linebacker Richard Yeargin III of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School previews his upcoming Irish visit, his decision timeline, the plan the Irish have for him in their defensive lineup, and he also breaks out his top 12 for the first time.

Linebacker Richard Yeargin III of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School will get his first look at Notre Dame in person when he visits with teammate and fellow Irish target safety Quincy Wilson next week.

"We are visiting around the 12th or 13th," Yeargin III said. "We're coming up with Quincy's father and I think we are also visiting Ohio State during this trip."

"I'm excited to meet the entire coaching staff," Yeargin III added. "I want to see the facilities and academics and see what it's going to be like to live four years there."

Yeargin III decided to come out with a list of 12 on Wednesday afternoon. Schools that made the first cut (alphabetically) - Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, and West Virginia.

"I just decided to come out with a top 12," Yeargin III said. "I will narrow it to five after the summer and decide where I want to take my official visits. After my officials, I'll get it to three and decide sometime after that."

Notre Dame will be the first of a few visits for the linebacker this summer.

"I'll be visiting USC most likely in late June, and Florida, Clemson, and Tennessee in July," he said.

Yeargin III has only visited Florida once (in April), but this time he plans on bringing his family.

During these upcoming visits, Yeargin III is looking for specific criteria.

"A lot of guys say education is important, but it is really important for me," Yeargin III said. "You can really get a good education anymore if you apply yourself, but I want to take it to the next level. I'll factor in atmosphere, environment, and the coaching staff as well."

Yeargin's upside may be what's most impressive about his game. At 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, he doesn't turn 17 until October.

"My athleticism and my ability to play hard are my biggest strengths," Yeargin said. "I play with a lot of tempo and I have good instincts and quickness."

That upside means Yeargin III could develop into an interior linebacker, but Notre Dame is also eyeing another position for him.

"The Notre Dame coaches have talked with me about possibly growing into a middle linebacker, but mostly they see me as a CAT linebacker, getting down in the dirt. I know I will learn more when we go over film during my visit."

Yeargin III is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 18 outside linebacker in the 2014 class. Top Stories