Less than a week after releasing a top five, Richard Yeargin III had narrowed that list to one and the 2014 Florida linebacker offered his verbal commitment to Notre Dame on Friday evening.
“It’s just an opportunity I can’t pass up and something I couldn’t resist any longer, so I went ahead and pulled the trigger,” said the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder from Hollywood, Fla.
“I feel confident and great about it. I just did what I thought was best, put it in God’s hands and made the decision that was best for me and my family.”
Throughout the process, Yeargin III said he was looking for a place that would provide him with both strong athletics and academics.
“The University of Notre Dame is a school that’s academically-inclined,” he said. “It provides us the best of both worlds with football and the life after football. I think it’s the best decision.”
The Irish coaches were thrilled to hear the news.
“They did backflips,” he laughed.
Earlier in the week, Yeargin III announced a top five of Notre Dame, Florida, Clemson, USC and Michigan.
“I just let schools eliminate themselves,” he said. “I had deep conversations and I asked good questions that led to me making assumptions. Based off of my assumptions, I went with what I felt was best. Talking with my family and my coaching staff and people that mean a lot to me, I just made my own conclusion and did what I had to do.”
A trip to South Bend in June helped the Irish secure a spot at the top of Yeargin III’s mind.
“I didn’t know much about Notre Dame when I first went up there, but by the time I left, I had the full overview and the full picture,” he said. “I get it. You either get it or you don’t and I got it.”
He believes he’ll get the chance to contribute early.
“I feel like I can come in and make an immediate impact,” he said. “I’ll be playing the CAT position, so I’ll be watching a lot of Notre Dame games on TV this year. They play on TV every weekend, so I won’t miss a game. I’ll be watching every game. I’ll be in tune with what they’re doing defensively. I’ll ask a lot of questions. I’ll always be studying some Notre Dame stuff.”
He’s convinced he’ll fit in well at Notre Dame in the classroom and socially as well.
“That’s the easy part,” he said. “I’m not even worried about that. Academics come natural to me and I’m a people’s person, so that kind of stuff doesn’t concern me at all.”
Yeargin III says his pledge finishes his recruitment.
“I’m chill man,” he said. “I’m done. I’m chilling out.
“I’m just ready for my season to start.”