Aug 2, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT
On a day where the Irish kicked off their current season, they received a commitment that will be a key piece to their future. Blue-chip linebacker Richard Yeargin III of Fort Lauderdale committed to Notre Dame today, adding a much needed linebacker to the depth chart.
“I am officially committed to the University of Notre Dame,” Yeargin tweeted.
Yeargin, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder had offers from Clemson, Florida, Michigan, USC, Miami, Stanford, UCLA among a few dozen others. He had just taken an unofficial visit to Florida for their Friday Night Lights weekend.
Yeargin caught up with BlueandGold.com and broke down why he decided to pull the trigger now.
“I was just ready to end things and I knew that I wanted to be at Notre Dame,” Yeargin told BlueandGold.com. “I’ve known for a while that this is where I wanted to go, but I just wasn’t ready to announce anything. I’m really glad to get this process behind me and focus on football and academics.
Yeargin made an appearance at The Opening last month, where he impressed with his athleticism and ability to move in space. Yeargin projects as a Cat linebacker, but also has the side and ability to slide inside if needed.
Yeargin is the 16th member of the ’14 recruiting class and the second straight from Fort Lauderdale, joining wide receiver Corey Holmes.