Miami Northwestern RB has USF in Top 3

Bulls fans have gotten used to seeing the staff recruit power backs, but this year they are looking for speed and their top target is Daquan Hargrett from Miami Northwestern. See why he likes the Bulls, who's in his top 3 and what role Quavon Taylor is playing in his recruitment. Only on USFNation.com!

Over the past two years the Bulls have been recruiting power and size at the running back position. This year expect them to go in the opposite direction and sign at least one speed back. The top guy on the list, Daquan Hargrett from Miami Northwestern. Last season the 5'9, 170 pounder rushed for 921 yards while splitting time with two other ball carriers. This season Daquan will be the featured back and has high expectations for himself.

"Next year I want to run for 1,500 yards and 20 plus touchdowns, and of course our main goal is to win another state championship."

With the success of Mike Ford, Jamar Taylor and high expectations for Demetrius Murray, the Bulls need a change-of-pace back to compliment the big men running between the tackles. Daquan is the missing piece, recently at his high school Daquan ran in the low 4.3 range and says he's still got a better time in him.

"I ran a 4.31 recently at my school. I think I can go faster, actually I know I can."

South Florida offered Hargrett about a month ago and since then he's been in touch with Coach Larry Scott several times.

"I've called him a bunch of times since they offered." Adding, "I like talking to coach Scott, he's real down to earth, doesn't just tell me what I want to hear. He's honest and I like that, that's one of the main reasons I want to attend the University of South Florida."

Hargrett has also had a brief meeting with Coach Leavitt when he was at a spring practice this year. He only had time to shake his hand, but plans on sitting down with him sometime soon when he comes back to Tampa for an unofficial visit. Besides USF Hargrett also has offers from West Virginia, Buffalo, Minnesota and FIU.

"My top 3 is Minnesota, USF and West Virginia. I like Minnesota for the same reason I like USF. The coaches I talk with are honest with me and I get a good feel from them."

Ideally Daquan would prefer to stay home if the opportunity was right, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a sure thing.

"I'd like to stay in-state, at the same time I have no problem going away. Everyone wants to stay close to family if the situation is right."

Another factor in his decision will be the offense, with the spread becoming ever more popular among high school and college teams Daquan feels the transition from MNW to South Florida would be an easy one. He also has a good friend who signed with South Florida in the '08 class, Quavon Taylor.

"Quavon tells me about the family bond he has with the coaches and he wants me to visit."

Although Taylor signed with the Bulls last year many of his teammates chose to stay in Miami and play for the hometown Hurricanes, is that the offer that Daquan is waiting for?

"Sometimes people feel like because everyone else is going to the University of Miami that you need to go there too. I don't believe in that and neither did Quavon. He went to the school that was best for him, he fits the defense, he'll get early playing time and he likes the staff. I think he made one of the best choices out of anyone in (Miami Northwestern's) the '08 class."

It may be early to start talking committing, but Daquan is on pace to graduate in December and will need to choose a college earlier than most recruits.

"I'm going to take a couple visits this summer, one of them will be to USF's camp, and I will pick my school sometime in late August or early September."

Stick with USFNation for the latest on Daquan Hargrett and the rest of the '09 recruits on USF's board.


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