Ohio State Buckeyes: Vernon Hargreaves III

Hackenberg, Olsen earn UA Game starts

January, 3, 2013

Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster

Hargreaves III commits to Florida 

July, 26, 2012
Vernon Hargreaves, the nation’s top-ranked cornerback and No. 4 prospect overall, committed to Florida on Thursday, tweeting the news.

The five-star player wrote on his Twitter account: “I can officially say I am committed to THE University of Florida! #GoGators. CHOMP CHOMP!”

Hargreaves (Tampa/Wharton) had offers from across the country but recently had narrowed it to a top five of Florida, Clemson, Miami, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame, in that order.

Hargreaves will play in the 2013 Under Armour All-America game in St. Petersburg, Fla. He is Florida’s 18th commitment and becomes the highest-ranked player in the class.
ESPN 150 cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) disclosed his list of top five schools Friday via Twitter.

"Top 5 ) 1.Florida 2.Clemson 3.Vanderbilt 4.Miami 5.Notre Dame , USF is not in my top 5 but still considering !" Hargreaves wrote.

Hargreaves also holds offers from Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and numerous others.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback is the No. 4 player in the nation and No. 1 at his position.

See video of Hargreaves at ESPN RecruitingNation.

Florida CB names USC new leader 

July, 12, 2012
A visit to USC by top-ranked cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) on Wednesday may have been overshadowed by the headline-grabbing commitments of Khaliel Rodgers, Nico Falah and Eddie Vanderdoes, but it wasn't overlooked.

The five-star athlete has serious interest in the Trojans and even pegged them as his leaders after his trip to Los Angeles.

"It was great," Hargreaves said. "It wasn't what I expected. I'd never been there before so I didn't know what to expect. I liked everything about it."

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CB Hargreaves still 'open for anything' 

July, 9, 2012
Five-star defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) will leave The Opening but remain on the West Coast for a few more days. The 5-10, 185-pound senior will take unofficial visits to Oregon, USC and Stanford.

These will be the first out-of-state visits for Hargreaves, who said he currently favors South Florida, Florida and Miami. After this trip he will visit more programs on the other side of the country, including Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson.

As for his West Coast swing, Hargreaves said stops at Oregon State, Cal and UCLA are also possibilities.

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The names sit out there ready to be plucked by the biggest schools in college football.

Players such as cornerbacks Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) and Kendall Fuller (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) are scheduled to participate at The Opening, which runs from Thursday through Sunday at Beaverton, Ore.

Among the elite, they’ll be joined by wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) and running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage).

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Ohio State already has the third- and fourth-ranked defensive backs in the nation from the ESPN 150 class of 2013 in Eli Woodard (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) and Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison). Could there be a chance to grab No. 1?

The Buckeyes could find out soon, as Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) plans to visit Ohio State on July 16. Hargreaves is also the No. 4 ranked player in the country.

“Yes, that’s the plan,” his mother Jackie said in a phone conversation. “He said he will be there within the next two weeks.”

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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.

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Derek Tyson/ESPN.comVernon Hargreaves is the No. 1 cornerback in the nation and the No. 4 overall player in the ESPN 150.
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.

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