NCF On The Trail: Richard Yeargin III

Most important targets: ACC 

January, 28, 2014
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This is the time for schools to make final visits and final pitches to recruits. Only a select number of prospects remain uncommitted, as most programs’ classes are close to completion, which means coaching staffs are focusing their attention on the final big pieces to the puzzle.

Here are the top targets remaining for each ACC school:

Boston College
DT Oseh Saine (Worcester, Mass./Worcester)
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It is possible Boston College will add another commitment between now and signing day. Coach Steve Addazio is hoping for a quiet signing day, as his first full class at BC is a good one, and any unexpected news on Feb. 5 could be bad news for the Eagles. Postgraduate defensive lineman Oseh Saine could sign, however, and he made an official visit after the Eagles had offered. There are academic hurdles, but if Saine is playing FBS football next season, it likely will be with the Eagles.

Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

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Signing day is just 10 days away and this past weekend was one of the last times that coaches could get prospective student-athletes on campus. There were a handful of commitments and official visits from some of the nation’s premier prospects.


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Notre Dame had long been searching to add another defensive tackle in the 2014 class. With the Irish losing four-star tackle Matt Dickerson (San Mateo, Calif./Junipero Serra) to UCLA in January, adding another lineman to the class became a priority.

After targeting a few prospects -- including Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ky./John Hardin) and Daniel Cage (Cincinnati/Winton Woods) -- the Irish got their man on Friday when tackle Peter Mokwuah (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph-By-The-Sea) flipped his commitment from Rutgers to Notre Dame.

The three-star lineman gives the Irish seven defensive linemen in this class.

That number might seem high, but Notre Dame only ended up with one defensive lineman in the 2013 class after ESPN 300 prospect Eddie Vanderdoes transferred to UCLA.

While coach Brian Kelly and his staff gained a commitment from Mokwuah, they also lost a commitment on Friday from linebacker Richard Yeargin III (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School). There are still four linebackers committed in this class, but losing a four-star commit this late in the game is never a good thing.

A big reason for the high numbers is that Notre Dame loses some big names from the roster, including Louis Nix III and Stephon Tuitt. With a new defensive coordinator on board as well, the Irish have some retooling to do heading into next season.

Defense was a main focus for this class as the Irish have 12 of the 22 commitments on the defensive side. Notre Dame now has the No. 11-ranked class with 10 ESPN 300 commits.
Notre Dame picked up a commitment from four-star outside linebacker Richard Yeargin III (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South) on Friday night, and the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder is a significant get for the Fighting Irish on and off the field.

Not only will the versatile playmaker fit right to Notre Dame's defense, but he helps the Irish establish a strong recruiting presence in Florida.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Running back commit Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central) has a message for any Gators fans who might be worried about his visit to Texas today -- follow the lead of Florida head coach Will Muschamp.


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Summer recruit wrap: USC 

July, 23, 2013
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USC has seven verbal commitments in its 2014 class as the recruiting cycle rolls into August. Here are 10 things we’ve learned from the camps and events on the summer recruiting circuit:

Serious competition for five-star prospect

USC might have been the early favorite to land five-star athlete Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), given the pipeline it has established with his high school, but that’s no longer the case as several national programs are vying for his signature. The dynamic playmaker recently took an unofficial visit to Tennessee and is set to check out a few other schools in the Midwest when he takes a trip to his native Illinois later this summer. He is also intrigued by Florida and LSU, and UCLA presents a local challenge for the Trojans as well. Jackson wants to play some receiver in college, similarly to how De’Anthony Thomas has been used at Oregon, so look for that to become a major factor moving forward.

Trojans still need a 2014 quarterback


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Notre Dame adds ESPN 300 WR Holmes

July, 17, 2013
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Notre Dame picked up it's 14th out-of-state commitment on Wednesday, as ESPN 300 wide receiver Corey Holmes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) gave his pledge to the Fighting Irish.

The Under Armour All-American chose Notre Dame over UCLA, Florida and Oklahoma.

Holmes, who as a junior totaled 511 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 28 receptions, said Notre Dame was the best fit for him.

"It really came down, when it was time to make the decision, there were four schools I was really considering, and they were Notre Dame, UCLA, Florida and Oklahoma," Holmes said. "After visiting all four of those schools and meeting with coaches and some players that were part of the team, Notre Dame just fit the mold of everything I was looking for. Everything I was looking for in a college -- Notre Dame had.

"I just went with what God told me and went with what my gut told me to go with, and that was with Notre Dame. I feel as though they will prepare me best for life. Once I'm there, I want to be a part of a team that is a national championship contender and just be a part of a great program with great players. I want to be around players that want to be successful in life and also on the football field."

Holmes' father, David Holmes, played defensive back at Syracuse in the late 80s and also played in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions. David believes his son will enjoy success on the next level because of the type of person he is.

"I am thrilled," the elder Holmes said. "It's like I'm pinching myself. Every parent, especially one that has played at the highest level, you only dream of having a kid, that someday, has an opportunity to experience what you experienced. To me it's a blessing, No. 1, but No. 2, it's rewarding. Corey is an outstanding athlete, but he puts in the work. His work ethic and his discipline is unbelievable, and when Notre Dame gets a chance to see that, they are going to be in awe.

"He's a rare athlete -- I can tell you that. He makes me and my wife very proud. He's a competitor, in whatever he does, he wants to be the best. To have an opportunity to play at a program like Notre Dame, it just doesn't get any better than that."

All but one of Notre Dame's verbal commitments are from out-of-state. Holmes feels like players from all over the country just want to be around a program with great academics and great tradition.

"Just the fact that you'll be around guys that not only want to win national championships but want to graduate with a good degree -- that's one thing that brings guys to Notre Dame.," Holmes said. "They just want to be a part of a good family and be around guys that want to be successful."

Holmes, the No. 77-ranked player in the country, is the only player from Florida committed to the Fighting Irish, but he hopes to change that.

"There are a couple guys I'm going to talk to," Holmes laughed. "Richard Yeargin III being one, Quincy Wilson being one -- there are a few guys I'm going to go after that I want on board with us."

The four-star receiver said his primary recruiter, Tony Alford, was ecstatic to learn of his pledge to Notre Dame.

"He was really excited," Holmes said. "He mentioned to me that I was his biggest recruit this year and he also mentioned that I was one of the biggest recruits he had ever recruited and he couldn't wait to get me on campus. "

Holmes becomes the 15th commitment for Notre Dame, including eight ranked in the ESPN 300. The Fighting Irish are currently ranked No. 12 in the RecruitingNation team rankings.

USC on minds of many at Opening 

July, 2, 2013
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Even with dynamic two-way athletes Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central) and John “JuJu” Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) lining up with the offense Monday in the first day of The Opening, the defensive backs were a standout group as it relates to USC recruiting.

Roommates Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito), as well as 2015 defensive back Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly), four-star cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) and four-star safety Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South) all turned in good showings during one-on-one drills. Brown, the nation’s No. 5-rated cornerback and No. 3-rated prospect in the state of Texas, also reached the SPARQ championship finals after posting some impressive numbers in preliminary testing, including a pair of 4.35 times in the 40-yard dash.

Tony Brown
Blair Angulo/ESPNNo. 5 cornerback Tony Brown is still very interested in USC.
“On a daily basis, I try to contact coaches that recruit me,” said Brown, a world-class sprinter ranked No. 27 in the ESPN 300. “I try to contact every coach. I’m still open. My month of June was all track and field, so I haven’t had time to chill and go through everything. Whenever I get the chance, I’ll definitely start narrowing everything down.”

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USC targets check in at The Opening 

June, 30, 2013
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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Some of the nation’s top prospects trickled into town Sunday for this week’s The Opening event at Nike Headquarters. Here are some notes regarding USC prospects.


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Tales From The Road: Florida Gators 

May, 15, 2013
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Each week, Tales From The Road will provide news and updates about where Florida's coaches are recruiting and the prospects making headlines.

This week’s targets: For the fourth straight week, Florida coaches were on the road recruiting. This week a Florida coach headed to Orlando to check in on defensive end Trent Harris, who recently decided to postpone his May 23 commitment date. Florida also checked in on 2015 Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek running back Jacques Patrick.

Running backs coach Brian White headed to Alabama to check out defensive tackle Cory Thomas, running back Bo Scarbrough and outside linebacker Torrence Brown. Linebacker Dillon Bates had Florida coaches visit him at his practice on Tuesday.

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Latest offers surprise LB Yeargin 

April, 20, 2013
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Linebacker Richard Yeargin III (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) has seen his stock continue to rise in recruiting circles. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound athlete was recently surprised, however, by three new offers.


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IMG 7v7 SE Regional: 5 things to watch 

April, 19, 2013
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The IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional Championship in Bradenton, Fla., on Saturday and Sunday will feature several ESPN 150 players. This star-studded event will feature the South Florida Express, one of the top 7-on-7 teams in the country, and Team Tampa, which won the IMG 7v7 National Championships last year. Here's a look at five things to watch at this weekends events.

1. Wide receiver position is loaded
Ermon Lane
Derek Tyson/ESPNHomestead, Fla., wide receiver Ermon Lane will be one of several top prospects participating in the IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional Championship.
There will be a plethora of top wide receivers in Bradenton this weekend. Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead), the No. 1-ranked wide receiver in the country, will have a chance to showcase his abilities against some elite talent. Additionally, Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman), Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), Moral Stephens (Perry, Fla./Taylor County), Kenric Young (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville), Isaiah Ford (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian), Garrett Johnson (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) and 2015 wideout Da'Vante Phillips (Miami/Central) are scheduled to participate.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators hosted a handful of visitors for spring practice Saturday morning.


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Family decision for LB Yeargin III 

March, 20, 2013
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MIAMI – At the end of the Miami NFTC, Richard Yeargin III (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South) had succeeded in what he had set out to do, which was competing and showing he was worthy of his offer list. The 6-foot-4, 225--pound athlete took home linebacker MVP honors, and was also rewarded for his performance with an invite to The Opening.

“I was able to turn up my intensity, learn my pass coverages better, come off the edge and I will take home some moves that the coaches taught me,” Yeargin said.

Yeargin said he has well over 20 offers to date, and has forgotten more of them than he can remember.


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Five stories to watch: Miami NFTC 

March, 15, 2013
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Here are five storylines for the Miami NFTC.


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