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Clemson DE, Former 4-Star Recruit Steps Away From Football

A general view of the stadium as the Clemson Tigers take on the Florida State Seminoles.

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 8: A general view of the stadium as the Clemson Tigers take on the Florida State Seminoles on November 8, 2003 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson University defeated Florida State University 26-10. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)

Clemson defensive end Richard Yeargin was a high-profile recruit when he signed with the Tigers in 2014. Now, his career might be over.

Yeargin is stepping away from football, according to TigerNet.com. He missed all of last season after injuring his neck in a car accident.

Yeargin's decision came yesterday, Dabo Swinney said.

"He actually came over to my house last night and told me he kind of wants to hit the pause button on football," Swinney told TigerNet. "He got a good report from the doctor the day, but he told me he wants to maybe be a student coach and see where that takes him.

"He has had a lot of adversity since he has been here. Not everybody can come back from that kind of injury and having to wear a neck brace. But he had overcome all of that. He has two years remaining, but right now he is going to hang up the cleats and I support that."

Yeargin was a four-star recruit in the 2014 class out Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School. He committed to Clemson on National Signing Day

After redshirting in 2014, Yeargin recorded 15 tackles in 10 games in 2015. During his sophomore campaign in 2016, he racked up 14 tackles, including four tackles for loss, helping Clemson win the national title.

Yeargin's football career might not be totally over, but good for him if he feels it is best to step away right now.

We wish him the best.