Yeargin getting Gator Chomps

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School linebacker Richard Yeargin III has been very busy this summer visiting schools.

“This summer I have been all over the United States visiting places,” Yeargin said. “I’ve been getting different outlooks and seeing that there are great opportunities outside of the state of Florida.”

Two schools really impressed the 6-foot-3, 216-pound Yeargin during his cross country trip this summer.

“Looking at USC and Notre Dame, I pair them together,” Yeargin said. “They both have very strong academics and great alumni that can help you with life after football. Those two go hand in hand to me and my future.”

Yeargin, while he liked those two schools, nobody stands out for him. As of now, Michigan, Florida, Arkansas, Clemson and Tennessee are joined with those two as viable options for Yeargin.

Next up for Yeargin is a trip to Friday Night Lights at Florida, where he will be able to see his recruiting coach again.

“Coach (Brad) Lawing is my main recruiter from Florida,” Yeargin sad. “Over the months we have gotten a real strong relationship where I can call him anytime and talk to him about anything. I can tell him what I’m feeling and why. I can talk to him about where I’m leaning that day and everything. He wants me to come be a Gator bad, so I hope he will continue waiting on me to make my decision.”

For Yeargin, who plays linebacker in high school, the Gators see him fitting in at the BUCK linebacker position, a spot Yeargin likes.

“I think playing the BUCK is a great building for the NFL,” Yeargin said. “The balance you show by being able to put your hand in the ground but also stand is good for the NFL to see. The key for me is just finding the college that will help me be best prepared for the NFL.”

While in Oregon, Yeargin says he has had several of Florida’s commitments talk to him and try to recruit him to Florida.

“Dalvin (Cook), Khairi (Clark) and Will (Grier) have been telling me about all of the great feelings they get from Florida,” Yeargin said. “They keep Gator chomping in my face and telling me about how staying in state at Florida is good because my family a can come see me play and stuff. In all seriousness, they know that I have to make the best decision for me.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.