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Monday, April 1, 2013
So. Fla. LB: UF likely among top three

By Derek Tyson

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

The group was led by linebacker Richard Yeargin III (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) and his teammate, defensive back Quincy Wilson, wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) and defensive back Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation).

Richard Yeargin III
Richard Yeargin III got to see where he could be used in Florida's defense on his recent trip.
The talented players carpooled to Gainesville, and Yeargin III said they got what they came for.

"Everything went very well," he said. "It was very timely. We got in, we got what we came for and more. We went to practice in the morning. It was intense.

"Everything about Florida is pretty intense around there. Down to the weight room, to the coaches coaching hard, to the way the players practice hard. They are done in an hour and 20 minutes. Which shows you don't have to practice for hours upon hours to get something accomplished. You just have to go out there with a mission, you get fired up about it and you get stuff done."

After practice Yeargin had a chance to spend some time with the Florida coaching staff. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker said the Florida staff showed him how they would use him in their defense.

"We got to hang out, we had breakfast, we hung out and watched film," he said. "Coach [D.J.] Durkin showed me pull-and-plugs and showed me where I would fit. I had the chance to meet up with Coach [Brad] Lawing and the defensive line coach [Bryant Young]. We had our film session and study on the board -- chalk talk. They talked to me about how they see me fitting in to things. Later on I met with [Will] Muschamp and we had our talk. Then I met with the whole defensive staff plus Coach Muschamp."

In addition to Florida, Yeargin holds offers from Florida State, Ole Miss, Clemson, Arkansas, UCLA, Tennessee and South Carolina among others. He said Florida is one of three schools that stand out for him.

"Right now Florida is up there," Yeargin said. "I don't have an official top three or five or anything, but if I had a top three they would be probably be in it. Clemson, Florida and UCLA are kind of standing out right now.

"With Clemson, they were the first school to offer me when I was a sophomore. I went up there this summer and I got to spend some one-on-one. it was just one of those experiences that you don't normally get. I got a chance to spend four to five hours with Coach [Brent] Venables one-on-one and just talk. It's just exciting to probably go back to Clemson and spend some more time with them and have a little more to talk about and see how I could fit in to their scheme.

"I like UCLA. I'm still learning about their program, but they are a place that is full of opportunity."

The MVP of the linebackers at the Miami NFTC said he will likely make his decision at an all-star game or on national signing day.