Richard Yeargin III

Why be excited: A late pickup on a switch from Notre Dame, Yeargin is a nationally-recruited big-frame linebacker who may grow into a defensive end. His strengths include his ability and ability to play in space. He excels at shedding blockers and getting to the ball, and has shown skills both as a pass rusher and in coverage. A U.S. Army All-American, he was committed to Notre Dame since last summer before decommitting in mid-January. He made an official visit to Clemson for The Citadel game.

You may not know: His dad, also Richard, played at South Carolina State for Coach Buddy Pough, and he has family in Greenville, Spartanburg and Florence.

How he fits into the depth chart: With Spencer Shuey and Quandon Christian leaving openings at both Will and Sam, there will be opportunity for early playing time for all Clemson's incoming linebackers. Yeargin also may have a chance to develop as an edge-rushing defensive end in the Vic Beasley mold.


High School: University School, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
Coach: Roger Hariott
Recruited By: Brent Venables
Date committed: Feb. 5, 2014
Other Offers: Notre Dame, FSU, Auburn, Michigan, Southern California, Ohio State, South Carolina, Florida and many others

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Senior – 59 tackles, 16 TFL, 7 sacks, 4 PBUs

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40-time: 4.9.

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