Hargreaves talks 7on7 & schools standing out

Vernon Hargreaves, III, Wharton's 5-star prospect, showed why he's the nation's top cornerback prospect at the IMG 7on7 this past weekend, helping his team win the title and earning defensive MVP. Hargreaves talks about the tourney, schools standing out, visit plans and more.

Wharton's Vernon Hargreaves III, again showed why he's the top cornerback in the Nation, helping lead his Tampa team to the IMG 7on7 title this past weekend.  

"The weekend was great and it was so much fun," Hargreaves said. "We went undefeated all weekend and won the title. All these guys are like my brothers and we got to hang out all weekend and had a great time."

The 5-star corner was fantastic all weekend and was named the defensive MVP of the tourney on Sunday. 

"It definitely feels great to earn it," said Hargreaves. "But I really don't get into being named the MVP, because it's not about me. It's about my team and I couldn't do it without my teammates. I'm honored to get the MVP, but it's all about my team."

"We're all great friends, we love to compete, and have fun," said Hargreaves about his teammates. I guess we're all like brothers."

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound corner back has been competing with Team Tamp for the last two seasons and finally winning the coveted title carried a lot of satisfaction. 
"Finally winning it feels great! Just to be out here with all my mates and get that title feels great. They're all my brothers to. This is probably one of the biggest accomplishments yet for me and our team."

The top corner prospect said he has 52 or 53 offers and even though he hasn't ruled anybody out yet, does have three schools that are starting to stand out. 
"I like Miami, Florida and USF," Hargreaves said. "But that's just from what I've seen. I've only seen the in-state schools.

Hargreaves talked about what he likes about the three in-state programs.

"Miami because my dad used to coach there and that's where I kind of grew up, and when I went back I just felt like I was home. I kind of just fell in love with it again. There's not much more, I just like it."
"Florida, they have good coaches. Their coaches keep it real with me. They say they love me and they're always calling me asking me how I'm doing and all that kind of stuff." 

"At USF I know all the coaches on the staff, I know most of the players, my dad is there obviously and I think it would be kind of cool to play for my dad." 

His father, Vernon Hargreaves Jr. coaches both defensive ends and special teams at USF, but Hargreaves II said his interest in USF started before his father got hired at USF.

"I've know about USF before my dad coached there. When they were ranked No. 2, they caught my attention and I actually liked their quarterback Matt Grothe. I didn't know a lot about them except for how high they climbed and that Grothe was fun to watch."

With signing day a long ways a way, Hargreaves has an idea of what he's looking at when making his choice.

"I'm not completely sure of the factors, but I guess it's just where I feel comfortable," said Hargreaves. "I'm not really worried about depth charts. I like to compete and like to earn what I get. So I'm just going to end up wherever I'm most comfortable.

"I have no idea when I'll make my decision, none at all," said Hargreaves. "I guess it'll be whenever I get that feeling, I'm just going to commit. Whenever that is, I don't know."

Next up for the nation's top corner prospect is a trip to Nike's ‘The Opening next week, and while out west, he's going to take a few visits.

"I'm definitely going to Oregon for The Opening," said Hargreaves. "While I'm out there I'll take visits to USC, Stanford and Oregon, and then I'm coming back and going to Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame. I don't have the full list in my head." 

"I'm really looking forward to competing at the Opening," said Hargreaves. "I was watching it last year and said to myself I got to go there, and when I got the invite, I didn't believe it at first. I'm real excited about it. It's going to be crazy and a lot of fun."



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