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University School DE/LB Richard Yeargin III withdraws pledge to Notre Dame

With just 12 days left until National Signing Day, Davie University School defensive lineman/linebacker Richard Yeargin III has withdrawn his pledge to Notre Dame.


Yeargin, an Army-All American rated a four-star prospect by multiple outlets, was committed to Notre Dame since this past August, but all signs now point to him heading to Clemson – a school very dear to his family.

247Sports first reported the news Friday night.

The Yeargins are originally from South Carolina, and Yeargin’s father said 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.

“There are some strong feelings notionally there, but bottom line is that we’re trying to make a decision that’s best for him both academically and professionally,” Richard Yeargin Sr. said. “We’ve narrowed it down to really those two [Notre Dame and Clemson].”

Added Yeargin III: “Clemson weighs a lot on me because of the ties I have in South Carolina, but I’m comfortable with where I’m at.

“I feel [South Bend] a place I can fit in and it’s a place I can do exceptional things, and become someone who is the face of the Notre Dame program. My value with them is at the utmost high.

“That’s why there is a National Signing Day, and right now, I’m committed to Notre Dame.”

Not anymore. 

Yeargin committed to Notre Dame during the first week of August 2013 – about a week after he tried to commit to Florida, but was told the Gators’ coaching staff was holding out for another player at the position.

Yeargin reportedly has three official visits remaining, and could possibly take one on Jan. 31. He’s already visited Notre Dame on Oct. 19 and Clemson on Nov. 15. Michigan and USC were also among Yeargin’s top schools list before committing.