Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School linebacker Richard Yeargin III has seen his recruitment pick up tremendously over the past few months, with several programs extending offers. But a few big-time programs are starting to rise to the top.
"Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Clemson and Arkansas are some of the schools I'm looking at right now," Yeargin said.
One of the schools trying to separate itself from the pack is Florida and Yeargin said the Gators coaches have made a good impression so far.
"I talk to the Florida coaches all the time," Yeargin said. "I talk to everyone from the head coach on down. I feel really comfortable with them."
With a busy 7-on-7 schedule Yeargin has plenty of offseason obligations, but said he's planning a trip to Gainesville soon.
"I'm going to go up there during the spring and see what they have to offer," he said. "They offer a great deal of things so we'll see where we go from there."
Yeargin said another school making a strong push is Tennessee and the new coaching staff has made an effort to connect with him since taking over the program.
"All of them have reached out to me so far," he said. "In my opinion I think Tennessee would be a good fit for me because they send a lot of guys to the NFL."
With many out-of-state schools making a run at him, Yeargin said he's already thought about going to school far from his South Florida home and isn't worried about distance.
"That's not a problem for me at all," he said.
That's a good sign for Clemson, one of the programs he's looking at the hardest.
"Clemson was one of the first schools to offer me so I look at it as loyalty," Yeargin said. "Whoever came at me first I'm going to remember."
He added that the recent success of Florida prospects at Clemson have blazed the trail for players like himself.
"That's a big factor," Yeargin said. "I just feel like it's a very welcoming environment and I could do well there."