Notre Dame lands Yeargin

Linebacker Richard Yeargin of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School talks about his commitment to Notre Dame, who the Irish beat out to land him, and what message he has for the fans.

Notre Dame has long been considered one of the favorites to land one of Florida's most talented linebackers, Richard Yeargin of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School, but to hear the Irish gained his pledge before the fall 2013 season kicked off comes as a surprise.

"I wasn't necessarily planning on committing this early, but this has been a decision I've been battling back and forth with for over a month and a half. After my visit to Notre Dame is when I started thinking about it."

"Over the past few days, I started talking to Coach Alford a lot," Yeargin said. "He told me how much Notre Dame wanted me after I told him what I was thinking. And, everything fell into place." Yeargin said he chose Notre Dame over Florida and Clemson.

"I just decided to move on from Florida," Yeargin said. "I wanted to go in a different direction."

Yeargin said when he was pressed to really evaluate his options, Notre Dame was the obvious choice.

"Notre Dame provides a great life after football," Yeargin said. "My ultimate goal is to get into the NFL, but I know sometimes things happen that cut those chances in half. I want to be prepared for anything, and I can be at Notre Dame."

"It hasn't really hit me that I'm a member of the Fighting Irish," Yeargin added. "I can't believe I'm done with the recruiting process."

"To all the Notre Dame fans, I want to thank them for their support," Yeargin said. "They have been awesome. Go Fighting Irish and see you in 2014."

Yeargin plans to only official to Notre Dame. He is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 13 outside linebacker in the 2014 class. Top Stories