Vernon Hargreaves III is thought by many to be the centerpiece of the Gators' 2013 class. He would already be a starting corner on most teams in the country, and there is a good chance he will start for the Gators by the end of the season.
Hargreaves has the skills of a true shut-down corner. He has speed that allows him to run stride-for-stride with receivers. He has tremendous athleticism, which allows him to battle for the football in midair. Plus, his football instincts are exceptional. Even if he is beat off the snap, he seems to know where the football is going and can recover.
The biggest issue for Hargreaves is Florida's depth at corner. Specifically, Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson, who are exceptional talents. The freshman would really have to impress the Gator staff in order to work his way into the starting lineup.
As talented as he is, Hargreaves would benefit from a gradual introduction to the SEC level. Let him watch his teammates and learn. Throw him out in coverage on a few occasions against weaker opponents and see how he does. This will let the Gator coaches make a judgement call on if he is ready.
Although Hargreaves won't reach star potential in 2013, he should offer a few glimpses of what's to come during fall practice.