Jeremy Werner // Illini Inquirer

Illini prioritizing fast-rising Momence (Ill.) DE Jason Bargy

Rising junior Momence DE Jason Bargy discusses his rapidly-evolving recruitment

NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- Jason Bargy has the type of frame and raw athleticism that already has earned him five power-five scholarship offers.

But the Momence (Ill.) Class of 2019 defensive end knows he has a long way to go as a football player, which is why he participated in Sunday's Under Armour All-America Camp near Chicago.

"It's a good experience," Bargy said. "I need to get better and work on things that were taught in the drills so I can improve as a player."

Bargy has emerged as one of the state of Illinois' top rising juniors. His frame (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) is almost college-ready, and he has great burst for a young man his size -- and he shows off that speed on the track. 

Bargy advanced to the IHSA state track last season in the 100-meter dash but didn't qualify for the finals. His goal this spring is to make it to that final meet. Bargy said he currently runs a 10.9-second 100-yard dash.

"My numbers are increasing," Bargy said. "That's my goal. That's what I want to do during the season and go down to state again."

Illinois assistants Mike Phair and Luke Butkus  visited Momence High School on Tuesday and watched Bargy at his track meet that night.

"They watched me run," Bargy said. "They were impressed."

The Illini are making Bargy -- who lives about 90 miles northeast of Champaign -- a top priority in the Class of 2019 and were the first college program to extend a scholarship offer.

"That's good," Bargy said. "I just got to keep doing what I'm doing and get better."

What's he think of the Illini?

"It's up there," Bargy said.

But Illinois is not alone. Iowa State, Notre Dame, Purdue and Michigan State all have offered Bargy as well. He also recently visited Notre Dame, where he earned his scholarship offer.

"Pretty incredible," Bargy said of the offer. "I liked it a lot, the campus and everything. I got to walk in the stadium and everything, toured it inside and out. I got to go in the church."

Bargy has a lot of development left -- and so does his recruitment.

"It's just the beginning," Bargy said. "I'm not used to it quite yet."

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