January 25, 2014 // Recruiting

Richard Yeargin Decommits from Notre Dame

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Richard Yeargin - Decommitted from Notre Dame

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Last week 247 Sports ranked Notre Dame’s linebacker class as one of the best in the country.  That banner crop of linebackers took a hit on Friday night when Richard Yeargin decommitted from Notre Dame.

Yeargin committed to Notre Dame over the summer, but a visit to Clemson over the fall raised some eyebrows.  Since then, all reports were that Yeargin was solid with Notre Dame, but that is no longer the case according to several media reports.

Notre Dame will likely continue to recruit Yeargin between now and Signing Day in hopes of flipping him back, but a decommitment this late in the process almost never flips back.  The only case I could think of off the top of my head is Stephon Tuitt.  Tuitt decommitted from Notre Dame in January of 2011 only to flip back to Notre Dame a few days later.  When that happened though, everyone was surprised for a reason – such occurrences are few and far between.

Notre Dame is still pretty well set at linebacker with Nyles Morgan, Nile Sykes, Greer Martini, Kolin Hill, and Jhonny Williams but losing Yeargin hurts.  Yeargin has a high ceiling and was one of the most athletically gifted backers in this year’s class for Notre Dame.

Clemson is believed to be the odds on favorite since Yeargin took an in-season visit there and has a friend and former high school teammate on the Clemson roster.  If he does end up at Clemson, Notre Dame fans will see him in 2015 with Notre Dame set to visit Clemson on October 3. 2015 during Yeargin’s sophomore season.

The news of Yeargin’s decommitment tempered the good news Notre Dame received Friday night when defensive tackle Pete Mokwuah flipped his commitment from Rutgers to Notre Dame after an in-person visit from Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.

Notre Dame most likely won’t be able to add another linebacker in Yeargin’s place this late in the game but with a number of recruits left on the board, they still have a chance to fill out this year’s class and max out on scholarships.  Daniel Cage, Michael Sawyers, and Isaiah McKenzie are all set to visit next week at some point – Cage during the week and Sawyers and McKenszie over the weekend with Mokwuah – and Notre Dame is still heavily pursuing Terrence Alexander, Charles Nelson, JuJu Smith and Michiah Quick.

Comments to this Article

  • Storespook commented on January 25th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Hope this does not start a trend of others doing this. I know these situations occur in the recruiting process but he was a real gifted athlete. Hopefully karma sends us another positional player.

    Go Irish


  • duranko commented on January 25th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    well, this does open up opportunities to get another defensive tackle and still pursue John Smith, Quick, McKenzie and Alexander. We may yet turn this lump of coal into a diamond.


  • tiger18 commented on January 25th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Just committed to Clemson.


  • Irish Eyes commented on January 25th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Sorry to hear Yeargin has backed out. I hope that’s the last decommit. Hopefully, we will get a couple of more. Would love to get another DT in addition to Mohwuah and then some combination of Smith, Quick and McKenzie. Probably won’t get all three because it sounds like Smith is a USC lean. Sawyer, Quick and McKenzie would be the icing on the cake – great class for the Irish!


  • Michael the Archangel commented on January 26th, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Can’t help but remember a while back when we lost out on
    (or more accurately decided against ) signing Randy Moss
    after an incident his senior year at his high school.
    To originally get his attention, we offered his former HS teammate
    and team captain, an underrated at the time, LB Bobby Howard, as a lure to keep Randy Moss interested.
    Turned out Howard became a captain, and leading tackler at ND as LB,
    then went on to the pros for a few years with the Bears.

    One is lost, making room for another potential difference maker,
    regardless if they’re originally seen as a 3 or 4 or 5 star.
    Hopefully, Yeargin finds his bliss
    at Clemson. Bottom line, if he doesn’t want to be a domer,
    better now than having a Vanderdoes event, or worse yet,
    a Lynch(ing) impacting the program later than sooner.


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