Josh Hargis Commits to BYU, But Likely Won't Go

A record-setting First Team JC All-American who verbally committed to BYU last weekend will likely not attend the Provo school he still wants to go to – leaving both his family and Cougar coaches feeling equally disappointed, <b></b> has learned.

Josh Hargis, a 6-3, 180 pound defensive back from Palomar Junior College who set a JC season record last season with 11 interceptions (two for touchdowns), told TBS last Sunday he had verbally committed to BYU defensive coordinator Bronco Mendenhall, but a final commitment from BYU was pending an evaluation relating to the school's unique Honor Code policy.

Hargis told TBS that BYU assistant Brian Mitchell would meet with him and his parents yesterday to discuss the matter. Instead, assistant Steve Kaufusi visited Josh and his parents, Ralph and Dorothy Hargis, yesterday to deliver the news that there remains just a slight chance, but for Josh to "take care of yourself and continue to explore other scholarship options."

Hargis, who is not LDS, declined to reveal details of the Honor Code review.

"They have an Honor Code over there. They really wanted me and I wanted to go, but I can't go there, Hargis said.

"When asked how he and his parents felt, he responded, "They were kind of bummed, like I was. I've got other options so it's not like it's the end of the world."

Hargis will visit Illinois this weekend and will likely trip to Iowa State next weekend. He has already visited Wyoming.

Following his Provo visit last weekend, Hargis told TBS: "I loved my visit there. BYU is, by far, the nicest campus I've ever seen. The facilities are just incredible. The atmosphere, the players, just everything was bad (as in ‘good.')

Hargis, whose mother is Samoan, pulls strong on his Polynesian roots and noted, "There's a lot of uso's (brothers in Samoan) out there. That's a big bonus for me. The uso's showed me a lot of love. It was cool."

He met privately with defensive backs coach Brian Mitchell and defensive coordinator Bronco Mendenhall.

"They were honest and upfront with me. They didn't hide anything from me. Some coaches would try and hide some stuff from me, but they didn't. They have a wonderful program.

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