University School’s Richard Yeargin III orally commits to Notre Dame

Fort Lauderdale University School’s Richard Yeargin III orally committed to Notre Dame late Friday night, ending his recruitment process just weeks before his senior high school season.

Yeargin, who is 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, plays defensive end in high school but will also play linebacker in college. He picked the Fighting Irish over reported offers from more than 40 schools with Michigan, Florida, Clemson and USC also in his top five list of schools.

“I am officially committed to the University of Notre Dame …. #GoIrish #GoldenArmy14,” Yeargin wrote on Twitter.

Yeargin told 247Sports his relationship with Notre Dame running backs coach Tony Alford was an instrumental reason he wanted to attend the school.

"Coach and I are really close," Yeargin said. "We have been close for a long time and relationships are big for me. He's more than just a coach that is recruiting me and that's why we get along so well. I trust him, my family trusts him and that's most important."

Yeargin, a consensus four-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN and Scout, has said he planned to commit to a school after his senior season, but did so one week after visiting Florida during its Friday Night Lights event.

A school with a rich football history and good academics were always in the fold for Yeargin and his father, Richard Yeargin Sr. The elder senior came away impressed after the visit to Gainesville, adding “It’s in Florida and that’s always a plus because we’re in Florida.”

But for Yeargin III, who took an unofficial visit to South Bend in June and said after the visit, “It will be tough to go to a place that shows me more,” it was time to bring an end to his recruitment.

"I was just ready to end things and I knew that I wanted to be at Notre Dame," Yeargin said. "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.”

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