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Saturday, August 3, 2013
Yeargin III helps Irish on field, in recruiting

By Jared Shanker

Notre Dame picked up a commitment from four-star outside linebacker Richard Yeargin III (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South) on Friday night, and the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder is a significant get for the Fighting Irish on and off the field.

Not only will the versatile playmaker fit in Notre Dame's defense, but he helps the Irish establish a strong recruiting presence in Florida.

Yeargin will join a defense that was among the best in the country in 2012, but had serious trouble with Alabama in the BCS National Championship in January. The Class of 2014 standout will likely play multiple positions in South Bend, a necessity in Notre Dame's 3-4 defensive scheme. It looks as if the Irish see him as a CAT outside linebacker, meaning he will mostly be along the line of scrimmage as a pass-rusher and run defender.

With Yeargin’s athleticism, though, there will likely be times he lines up with his hand in the dirt in obvious passing situations and possibly even shift inside at linebacker, too.

The commitment of Yeargin is significant because he is another strong pickup from the state of Florida for Notre Dame's Tony Alford, who is quickly becoming one of the top recruiters in the state. Florida is vital for Notre Dame, which must recruit nationally. Yeargin, ranked No. 56 in Florida, held offers from nearby schools Clemson, Florida and Florida State, as well as national programs Michigan, Stanford and USC. Alford also landed Florida native and 2014 ESPN 300 recruit Corey Holmes in July.

Notre Dame and Alford announced their presence in Florida in the 2013 class by signing No. 2 running back Greg Bryant, No. 6 athlete Tarean Folston, No. 5 tight end Mike Heuerman and four-star linebacker Michael Deeb.

Yeargin might not be the final piece of the Florida puzzle for Notre Dame in 2014 either as three-star athlete Isaiah McKenzie out of Plantation American Heritage could land with the Irish. And the Irish could be poised for another strong showing n 2015 with as many as eight offers already out to Florida juniors.