2006 Focus : Arizona D-Line Prospect

<b>Jonathan Hargis Jr.</b>, the 6-4, 290-pounder, was the only junior in Arizona to be named first team all-state this year. He's expted to be highly recruited, and has a vast list of early favorites stretching across the nation...

Jonathan Hargis Jr., the 6-4, 290-pound defensive tackle from Mesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain, is considered one of the best early defensive line prospects in the west for the 2006 high school class. He recorded 81 tackles, 10 quarterback hurries, five sacks, two forced fumbles, and one blocked field goal in his junior season.

He has not yet received an offer, but you can expect that to change very soon. "I have received letters from Arizona, Arizona State, and Notre Dame," said Hargis Jr. "Arizona has been sending me a lot of stuff and I am going there for the junior day. I like Coach (Mike) Stoops because he is all about defense. It is also close to home. They have been inviting me to a lot of their basketball games."

The defensive tackle grew up rooting for the Sun Devils, and is awaiting info on their junior day. "I have been a fan of ASU for a while. My whole family are all-die hard ASU fans; my parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Coach (Dirk) Koetter is a good coach and I think he has them on the right track."

Hargis Jr. is also very interested in many other schools, including the L.A. schools. "USC has an attacking defense that is great to watch. I don't know where I could go that would be better to get me into the pros. That is my ultimate goal. UCLA is very similar as far as getting guys into the pros. They seem to be coming along real well and that is somewhere that I think I could be a star at."

He also likes Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State, and Georgia. "I am really open. I like the Pac Ten, the Big Twelve, the Big Ten, and the SEC."

His parents might have other ideas. "I know they would kind of like me to stay close, especially my mom."

Hargis Jr. takes a lot of pride in his game. ""I work hard to be better than my opponent. I study them so I am always more prepared. I give 110 percent on every play because I do not want to let anybody down. I am on the field to get the job done."

He carries a 3.0 core GPA and is taking the SAT on March 12th. Hargis Jr. is thinking of majoring in Business.


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