Clemson's recruiting stretch run took a not totally unexpected twist on Friday with Richard Yeargin III, a linebacker-defensive end from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., decommitted from Notre Dame and has reopened his recruiting.
Clemson is now considered to be the frontrunner as his school choice.
Clemson has maintained close contact with Yeargin, whose dad played at South Carolina State and who has family in the Upstate. The 6-2 225-pound Yeargin took an official visit to Clemson for The Citadel game in November.
Yeargin, a U.S. Army All-American who committed to Notre Dame last August, is ranked as the nation's No. 13 outside linebacker by Scout and No. 17 by Rivals. In addition to Clemson and Notre Dame, he has offers from dozens of schools, including Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio State, South Carolina, Louisville and Michigan.
The Yeargins are originally from South Carolina, and Yeargin’s father told the Miami Herald during his son’s Army All-American jersey presentation in October that Clemson’s winning history, and being one of the schools to first recruit his son when he was in 10th grade, were reasons the Tigers were still under consideration.
“The bottom line is that we’re trying to make a decision that’s best for him both academically and professionally,” Richard Yeargin Sr. told the Herald. “We’ve narrowed it down to really those two (Notre Dame and Clemson).”
According to Scout's profile:
'Yeargin is big and very long with a frame to bulk up and add a ton of weight. He possesses good short area quickness. This is an outside linebacker that plays with a burst and can locate the ball quickly. Yeargin shows good range. He’s good at shedding blockers and getting to the ball. Yeargin does a nice job of playing in space, showing good feet and balance and the ability to stay with smaller players. He's a good pass rusher.'
This weekend is another important one for the Clemson coaching staff, which is hosting uncommitted defensive end Andrew Williams of McDonough, Ga., for an official visit, along with committed prospects C.J. Fuller of Easley, S.C., Jalen Williams of Blythewood, S.C., J.D. And Judah Davis of Central, S.C.
Also visiting is preferred walk-on target Hunter Renfrow, a wide receiver from Socastee, S.C., who is choosing between Clemson and a scholarship offer from Appalachian State.