Ames Next Stop For Hargis

Don't fix something that's not broken. That's what Josh Hargis is thinking after making a weekend commitment to Iowa State. The nation in interceptions at Palomar (Calif.) College as a sophomore, Hargis likes the similar defensive system in Ames and hopes that will get him on the field sooner.

Hargis recorded 11 interceptions during a banner sophomore campaign that put him on the radar screens of many Division I programs. He told Monday morning that ISU will be his destination over scholarship offers from Brigham Young, Illinois, Wyoming and Temple.

"I liked how much love the coaches showed me and how the players and system work over there," said Hargis. "I like the facilities, how the program runs and the type of defense they run. Iowa State runs the same defense that we run over here. They switch it up with man, zone and have a variety of everything. It's the kind of defense I like.

"I want to bring a lot of class and toughness and show that I'm a good guy and play my heart out on the field. I'm excited to get out there. I want to show everyone what I can do."

Although Hargis was the one that recorded the 12 interceptions, he gives a lot of credit to the tutoring he received at Palomar that taught him the fundamentals and focus necessary to improve on an average freshman season.

"A lot of it was my coaching," Hargis said. "(Secondary coach Ken Stills) played in the (NFL), so he taught me a lot of things that maybe an average defensive back wouldn't do. If it wasn't for him I would not have gotten those 11 picks.

"My freshman year I didn't put that much effort into it, and what you put into it is what you get out of it. But then I buckled down and got into some good drills and a good system with my coaches. They were counting on me to be one of the guys this year, so I had to step it up."

Other recruiting sites reported that Hargis committed to BYU and Illinois. According to the JUCO cornerback, one of those reports is true.

"I went to BYU first, liked it there a lot so I committed," Hargis said. "But then I had some problems back at home, so they took it away. They tried to call me back yesterday when I came back from Iowa State trying to offer me a scholarship again. I told them, ‘I've got a new home'."

That home could be in the starting lineup at ISU, where the only veteran starter at cornerback the Cyclones return is Ellis Hobbs.

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