Hargreaves wins MVP, talks favorites

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Five-star cornerback prospect Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) won defensive MVP of the IMG Madden 7-on-7 National Championship tournament on Sunday after Team Tampa beat Max Ex Blue 28-17 to win the tournament.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete had several interceptions over the course of the two-day tournament, including one against Michigan quarterback commit Shane Morris in the championship game.

As for recruiting, the talented corner who has more than 50 scholarship offers said three schools are starting to stand out to him.

"I like Miami, Florida and USF," Hargreaves said. "But that's just because I've seen the in-state schools. I like Miami because my dad used to coach there. That's where I grew up, and when I went back I just felt like I was home. I fell in love with it again. I just like it.

"Florida, they have good coaches. Their coaches keep it real with me. They love me and always calling me asking me how I'm doing and things like that."

Hargreaves' father, Vernon Hargreaves Jr., is the special teams and defensive ends coach at USF. The younger Hargreaves said his father is a big reason the Bulls are standing out to him.

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

The senior Hargreaves said his son will be a difference-maker on the next level because of his knowledge of the game.

"I think one of the things that has stuck out to me, that I've watched over the years, is just the way he understands the game and understands what's getting ready to happen," he said, "which gives you a chance, if you have the physical ability, to take advantage of things. That's probably the biggest thing that sticks out to me is his understanding of the game and then his athletic skills. He has some ball skills that are very, very good."

Hargreaves III is committed to play in the Under Armour All-America game and will participate at The Opening in Oregon next week. He said he will take some college visits while he is on the West Coast.

"I'm going to Oregon for The Opening," Hargreaves said. "I'm going out to USC, Stanford and Oregon on visits while I'm out there. Then I'm coming back and going to Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame and I'm not sure of the other schools I'll visit."

Hargreaves admits he is unsure of when he will make a decision, but said he wants to chose a school where he feels the most comfortable.

"I guess just where I'm comfortable at," Hargreaves said. "Depth chart, I'm not really worried about. I like competing anyway. I like to earn my stuff. I like to earn what I get. Just wherever I'm comfortable. When I get that feeling, I'm just going to commit."