No. 1-rated Cornerback Plans Notre Dame Visit

Vernon Hargreaves III, the top cornerback in the nation, will be making an unofficial visit to Notre Dame. The Wharton High (Tampa) five-star standout spoke to about the Irish, the connection he has with Notre Dame and what he wants to see when he visits.

On a day Notre Dame delivered disheartening news in five-star cornerback Tee Sheppard leaving school, it can take solace in knowing the nation's No. 1 cornerback in the 2013 class holds the Irish in high regard.

Wharton High (Tampa) five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III said he will be on campus in the summer, and his interest in the Irish is genuine.

"How can you not (be interested)?" Hargreaves said. "It's a good program overall. It's a good tradition. I don't know that much about them, to be completely honest."

Hargreaves knows the Irish are a very strong academic school, but the real hook with Notre Dame and is the relationship between Irish assistant coach Tony Alford and Vernon Hargreaves Jr., who is an assistant at South Florida.

Alford is the one recruiting the 5-foot-11, 181-pound Hargreaves III.

"He's a high-tempo guy with a lot of enthusiasm," Hargreaves said. "I like him. He's funny. I haven't talked to him that much, but he knows my dad really well, so he just makes fun of my dad a lot. It's funny for me."

Hargreaves already visited South Florida, Florida and Florida State, and he knows Miami because his father was an assistant there.

Although each of his visits were in-state, staying close to home isn't a prerequisite for picking a school.

"I have no problems (leaving home)," he said. "My dad coached at Miami, so I liked Miami. Other than that, though, I really didn't have any (favorites growing up)."

As for his Notre Dame visit, which is yet to be scheduled, Hargreaves isn't going there with any checklist of things he wants to check out.

"I'm just going to go and see the school," he said. "I want a good environment to be around. You need academics to play football. I'm looking at both." Top Stories