College Football Recruiting 2013: Latest on No. 1 CB Vernon Hargreaves III
Vernon Hargreaves III is not just the son of of USF defensive ends coach Vernon Hargreaves, he's also one of the best high school football prospects in America for 2013.
Many view Hargreaves III as an elite CB prospect, which has had a plethora of colleges come knocking on his door with offers. What's the latest with him? Does he have a leader? What are his plans?
Come inside and let's see what's the latest with the top CB in the country.
Who Is Vernon Hargreaves III
Hailing from Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida, Rivals.com rates Hargreaves III as the No. 1 CB and a 5-star prospect, with him sitting at No. 10 overall on their board.
Scout.com also rates him at 5-stars at No. 6 overall on their board. At 5'11", and nearly 180 pounds, Hargreaves has excellent technique, will slow play a WR on the flanks versus the pass, has the hips to turn on run and speed to carry pass catchers all over the field.
Hargreaves has a great feel for the game, is instinctive and reminds me a bit of Eric Wright when the CB was a rookie in camp when I was with the Cleveland Browns.
How Will His Father Coaching at USF Factor into His Decision?
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Much has been made about this aspect in his recruitment, as Hargreaves is the son of Vernon Hargreaves, who is the special teams and defensive ends coach at South Florida.
USF is recruiting Hargreaves, and the Bulls are a major player for him. Surely, the thought of playing for his dad, right at home is an angle Skip Holtz is playing up in luring Hargreaves III to be a Bull.
Florida Looking Good?
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The Gators have pull all around the Sunshine State with all of the elite prospects, so Hargreaves giving UF a long look is not surprising at all.
Look for the Gators to stay on Hargreaves' radar extremely hard until a decision is made.
Notre Dame and Michigan Trying Lure Hargreaves to the Midwest?
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Boasting offers from both schools, it looks like the Irish and Wolverines are both recruiting Hargreaves pretty heavily right now.
Alabama Lurking in the Shadows?
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Ah yes, the Crimson Tide. You always have to ask yourself where they are with any elite prospect these days, because Alabama has been flat out dominant on the trail under Nick Saban.
Well, it looks like they're indeed in the Vernon Hargreaves III mix, as Hargreaves even had them in his top three as late as mid-March.
It'll be interesting to see if 'Bama can indeed get Hargreaves to take a visit to Tuscaloosa.
Solid Interest in USC?
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Hargreaves was pretty stoked to get an offer from USC, as the Trojans have recruited Florida very well over the recent years.
With USC snatching up Nelson Agholor in their 2012 class, the Florida native has been talking to Hargreaves about joining him in Los Angeles.
This is a very, very tough one to call if you ask me. I can honestly see Hargreaves going to a number of schools. Although, I think it will come down to USF, Florida and USC.
In one scenario, I can see Hargreaves falling in love with Los Angeles, playing with Agholor and USC.
I can also see the same thing happening at Florida, as playing with the talent on the Gator roster and being not too far from home are also big draws.
Yet, as of right now, I think the factors of being with the father, being right at home and playing with coaches he's known for a long time, so USF is the school I'd put my money on.