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Coveted OLB names a top five 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Outside linebacker Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) isn’t exactly sure of how many offers he has. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior has not counted them. Once he had received over 30 offers to the top programs in the nation, there really seemed no point in doing so. Pugh is more concerned about the five that he has on top.

Midway through spring practice at St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic, tight end Reilly Gibbons decided to make the move to the offensive line. Three months later, the 6-foot-6, 265-pound junior has more than a dozen offers with programs such as Nebraska, Tennessee, Missouri, South Florida and North Carolina showing heavy early interest.

For his part, Gibbons said the move wasn't difficult to make and he's happy that the switch was made.

"We really don't throw a lot in the offense so maybe I was getting two balls a game if I were lucky," Gibbons said. "I was blocking from the tight end position for Ryan [Green] anyway so it was a natural transition."

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Hargreaves III commits to Florida 

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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.

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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.
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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Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee defensive tackle Derrick Calloway wants to put all the rumors to rest.

"I don't have a favorite, a standout school, nothing," Calloway said. "I want to take some unofficials, do some camps and look around first."

Calloway said he was approached by Mississippi State last week and a coach from the school mentioned his commitment to another program.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Four-star wide receiver Richard Benjamin (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Tech) visited Florida on Saturday to watch the Gators go through their third practice of the spring.

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Corey LongESPNU 150 Watch List wide receiver Richard Benjamin visited Florida on March 17.
Benjamin said he enjoyed his time in Gainesville so much he considered committing to the Gators.

"I had a great visit, a nice time," Benjamin said. "I really enjoyed watching the practice. I thought about committing, but I'm going to wait until further notice."

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Kennard Swanson adds SEC offer 

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Lake Gibson (Lakeland, Fla.) defensive lineman Kennard Swanson added an offer from Missouri on Tuesday, according to Lake Gibson assistant coach Robert Whitaker.

The 6-foot, 250-pound junior already has offers from Ole Miss, USC and South Florida.

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