Tampa cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III already had more than 30 offers, but he finally received one from the University of Alabama last Friday, and it was an offer he had been hoping to get.
“Who doesn’t want an offer from Alabama?” Hargreaves said. “Last year, they were the best school in the country.”
UA head coach Nick Saban was the one who talked to Hargreaves and offered the scholarship. For most recruits, that would be a big deal, but for Hargreaves, whose dad coaches at South Florida, it was just another coach who called.
“It was a good experience,” Hargreaves said. “I’ve been around football my whole life. I’ve talked to a lot of big-name people, so for me, it wasn’t that big of a deal. It was a good talk. He was telling me a little about the program, who they had leaving and who he’s recruited.”
Still, the 5-foot-11, 181-pound cornerback is excited about the possibility of playing for Saban, who is considered one of the best in the game at coaching defensive backs. The Crimson Tide expect to have at least three secondary players taken next month in the NFL draft.
“He’s coached in the NFL,” Hargreaves said. “He’s won multiple national championships. He has good experience. He obviously knows what he’s doing because he’s put guys in the NFL.”
At this point, Hargreaves doesn’t have any favorites but says he’s hearing the most from in-state schools Florida and USF. However, the recent Alabama offer makes the Tide a factor in his recruitment.
“It puts a little spin on things,” he said.
Hargreaves plans to take his official visits in the fall before making a decision. The only official he knows he wants to take right now is to USC, but he’s looking to make a trip to Tuscaloosa over the summer for an unofficial visit.
The ESPNU 150 Watch List star has already accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.