A 'much needed' visit to Notre Dame

Linebacker Richard Yeargin of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School talks about his three-day visit to Notre Dame, where he now stands with the Irish, and what else is on his plate this summer.

Linebacker Richard Yeargin of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School recently released his list of top 12 schools, which included Notre Dame. He visited Notre Dame for the first time this week.

"The visit went really well, I enjoyed myself the entire time," Yeargin said. "It was a much needed visit."

Yeargin joined teammate and Irish target cornerback Quincy Wilson and his father on the visit. They arrived on Wednesday and left Saturday morning.

"On Wednesday night, we hung out at the Gug then hung out with a few of the players that night, and then we went back to the hotel," Yeargin said. "On Thursday, we got tours of the football facilities and of campus. Everything was so nice. Quincy and I really liked it. We also met with Coach Tony Alford, who explained to us more about Notre Dame and why it has the reputation that it does. Then, Coach (Bob) Diaco talked to us specifically about defense."

"They want me as a CAT linebacker, and I like that idea," Yeargin added. "I can get down in the dirt and really get after it."

The visit concluded with a tour of the football stadium and a conversation with head coach Brian Kelly.

"On Friday, we hung out, worked out, and got to see the football stadium," Yeargin said. "Coach Kelly told us how much he wants us at Notre Dame, but he respects our decision to take our time during this process."

"My favorite part of the visit was meeting the coaches and the players," Yeargin said. "The hospitality was great, and seeing the mix of football, education and social life was what I wanted to see."

Yeargin is headed to Ohio State right now for a couple of days, then will head home and shortly after head to USC. He also plans on visiting Clemson this summer.

"I'm seeing Ohio State, USC, and Clemson, and then I'll narrow my list of 12 to five in mid-August and take official visits," Yeargin said.

"This visit definitely strengthened my relationship with Notre Dame," Yeargin said. "I'm still open and everything, but this was a great visit."

Yeargin is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 12 outside linebacker in the 2014 class.

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