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Florida DB Vernon Hargreaves III
It's rare that true freshman live up to the hype, but Vernon Hargreaves III did just that in his first season with the Florida Gators in 2013.
In a defensive backfield that included stars Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson, it was Hargraves who emerged as the brightest star for head coach Will Muschamp. The 5'11", 192-pound native of Tampa, Fla., finished the season with three interceptions, 11 pass breakups and 38 tackles, locking down one side of the field for the Gators. According to Florida's official website, those 11 pass breakups tied for the most in program history for a true freshman.
That was good enough to earn him first-team All-SEC honors from the SEC coaches.
He boasts track-star speed, is physical at the line of scrimmage and has tremendous leaping ability. VHIII is already a superstar, and the best is yet to come for Hargreaves, who could become an All-American as sophomore at Florida.
*Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer for Bleacher Report. All stats are courtesy of CFBStats.com unless otherwise noted, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.