North Carolina signee Jake Bargas has played lacrosse since he was an adolescent – and received several Division I offers for the sport. But the future Tar Heel tight end determined it was time to hang up his lacrosse stick.
“I decided I was going to give up lacrosse and focus on football,” Bargas said. “I’ve just been training with Athletes Edge. I’ve just been getting stronger, faster, and getting myself ready for NCAA football.
“I’ve definitely gotten faster [and] stronger. I definitely think I’ve gotten overall more athletic. I’ve been working a lot on my hands – like my technique.”
Athletes Edge is a sports performance training company located about 40-minutes south of Bargas’s Boca Raton home. According to its website, it specializes in training athletes in speed, acceleration, deceleration, change of direction, power, explosion, reaction, and strength.
Bargas is now just under 230 pounds, his target UNC enrollment weight. That’s an increase of eight pounds from his senior football season playing weight.
“I lost a lot of weight last summer from playing lacrosse,” Bargas said.
In addition to Athletes Edge’s workout, Bargas follows the regimen UNC’s strength and conditioning staff sent him.
“Pretty much the day after Signing Day, I received my strength and conditioning packet from North Carolina,” Bargas said. “I’ve been following that since.”
Also since Signing Day, Bargas has communicated with Seth Littrell, his primary recruiter and future position coach, on a weekly basis.
“We just kind of chat,” Bargas said. “We just talk about what’s going on, talk about what’s going to happen once I get up there – we’re just continuing to build our relationship until I get up there. It’s different now, because he’s not recruiting me and he’s my coach but I’m not there, yet.”
Bargas, who hasn’t visited Chapel Hill since his official trip, will be on campus on June 16 to enroll in the second summer semester. He’ll share a suite with Tommy Hatton, Charlie Heck, and Nick Polino – all of which he bonded with during the official visit weekend.
Bargas hasn’t discussed jersey numbers with Littrell. However, he knows he won’t wear his high school number (No. 22), which has long been retired at UNC in honor of College Football Hall-of-Famer Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice.
“I’m not the type of guy who cares what number he wears,” Bargas said. “I wore [No. 22] for my brother – he couldn’t play sports anymore because he tore his ACL too many times. So that was the ‘Bargas number’ at my school.
“If I could, I’d try to get a low digit number. I kind of like those. But, it doesn’t really matter to me – I just want to play.”
According to Bargas, he has been deemed academically qualified by the NCAA Clearinghouse and been cleared by UNC admissions.
Signee Update: Jake Bargas
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