Yeargin discusses decision factors

During the evaluation period, college coaches flock to high schools with top prospects, especially in the state of Florida.

One of those top prospects is Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School linebacker Richard Yeargin III who has seen a number of coaches this spring.

“It’s been wonderful to see everyone come out to see me,” Yeargin said. “Florida, Florida State, UCF, LSU, Alabama, Miami, UCLA and West Virginia have been by. You name the school and they have been by the school at some point.”

When Florida visited the 6-foot-3, 216-pound Yeargin, they sent multiple coaches to University High School.

“Coach (Travaris) Robinson and coach (D.J.)  were by here last week,” Yeargin said. “Coach Lawing has been recruiting me to Florida mostly and he has been recruiting me hard but coach T-Rob is my area recruiter, so that’s why he was by.”

Yeargin and a few of his close friends visited Florida during spring practice. During the visit, Yeargin was told where he would fit in at Florida.

“When I was up there, they sat me down at showed me how I would fit in,” Yeargin said. “They told me I would fit in at the BUCK linebacker position. They said I would standup some and have my hand in the dirt some. They said that I would be used as a rusher off of the edge but also in pass coverage as well. I think I fit the position well because I’m multiple.”

Right now, Yeargin says he has no top group of schools but says that a number of schools are recruiting him harder than others.

“Right now I would say a few schools have been at me harder,” Yeargin said. “Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, UCLA and Clemson are recruiting me the hardest.”

For Yeargin, he says that where he plays doesn’t matter to him but he does have four things that he is looking for from a school.

“I have four factors that will play into my decision,” Yeargin said. “Education is number 1, the coaching staffs stability is number 2, the environment around the program is number 3 and playing time is number 4 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.