Country's No. 1 CB calls SEC visit 'great'

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Having the option to attend nearly any school in the country isn't something Vernon Hargreaves III is taking lightly.

The FOX Sports NEXT five-star is making sure he turns over ever leaf before he pledges.

"Just more information on the schools so I don't have to 'blind' commit anywhere…if that makes sense," Hargreaves said of his touring numerous campuses recently. "These are kind of the schools I narrowed it down to. I'm going to narrow it down again because I'm going to have more. Then, that's probably where I'm going to take my officials. So, I'll probably narrow it down to five."

Presently, he is concentrating on 10 schools, most all of whom he has seen in person. Notre Dame is one that is likely to get an official visit. Even though he thinks highly of Southern California and has them at the top of his 10, he may not take an official to Los Angeles.

A school trying to keep itself in his list of finalists in hopes of earning a signed National Letter of Intent is Tennessee. He called his Tuesday trip to The Hill a "great" visit and is going to weigh some factors before deciding if Rocky Top warrants an official visit in the coming months.

"I liked the facilities," Hargreaves said of Tennessee. "They have a lot of good stuff to offer. I was kind of exhausted with it being my second school today."

Earlier Tuesday, prior to driving to Knoxville, Hargreaves was in Nashville to see what Vanderbilt has to offer. On Monday, he checked out Notre Dame and Ohio State. The plans Wednesday include trips to both Clemson and Georgia. A drive to Alabama is also in the works.

"It can get to you, but it's fun though," Hargreaves said. "I only have this once. That's what I keep telling myself. I'm going to have time to work out and have time to get bigger and run and all that other stuff. This only happens once and this is probably going to be the biggest decision of my life."

Hargreaves III called Tennessee's facilities, which include Neyland Stadium (pictured), the best he's seen thus far.
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The Volunteers didn't do anything but help themselves, but the prospect stopped short of providing too much praise until he can mentally digest all he's seen.

"I don't know. I can't really think right now," Hargreaves said. "I've been to so many school. I've been to four schools in two days, but I mean I liked them all. I like Tennessee. I'm going to sit down and talk about it more.

"I like the facilities. That's not what I'm going to base my decision off of but it helps. I don't care what you say, it helps."

It was his first Tennessee visit. He was escorted around campus with university personnel at all times. He also sat down with coach Derek Dooley and cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley.

"Coach Dooley is a cool guy. Coach Ansley, he's a cool guy too. He gets to business. I can tell at their practices they get to work. I like that."

Hargreaves confirmed that out of all the schools he visited that he thinks Tennessee has the nicest facilities.

The speed demon broke down what the Volunteers are selling to the country's No. 1-rated cornerback.

"It kind of had something a little different. They're not rebuilding but they had a really good class last year. They played like 32 freshmen — that's what coach Dooley told me. So, they are getting it back on track. I watched their 7 on 7. They're getting better, they're coming together as a team."

While the rest of the pack appears to be looking up at USC at the moment, Hargreaves suggests that being a Trojan is not a sure thing just yet.

"That doesn't mean anything; that's just the school that I like the most right now. I mean it could change tomorrow, it could change today," he said.

Do not expect Wharton (Fla.) High School product to firm up a verbal commitment soon. His father, who is an assistant coach at USF, is advising him to wisely drink the process in.

"I'm not sure," Hargreaves III said on a trigger time. "I have no idea. It might be after I sit down with my dad and my family and talk about it. I might commit then. I've been thinking about that. Other than that, I'm not real sure."

The Tampa, Fla., native said he can graduate a semester early from high school but is choosing to enjoy his entire senior year at Wharton. In between semesters, he will compete at the Under Armour All-American game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Danny Parker is currently the Associate Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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