Florida strikes big in-state with the top corner in this class and a guy we feel will be able to step in immediately and help Will Muschamp and the Gators defense. Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) joins four-star corner Tre’ Bell (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's) and ESPNU 150 safeties Nick Washington (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) and Keanu Neal (Bushnell, Fla./South Sumter) to give UF a very talented secondary headed to Gainesville in 2013. It was a unit in need of talented young prospects, particularly on the perimeter, and couldn’t have been filled any better than with Hargreaves III, a coach’s son with polished technique and rare natural ability.
It is very difficult to find projected college corners who actually play the position fulltime in high school and possess a vast understanding of both zone and man concepts with the talent to execute them at a premier level. Hargreaves III is that kind of prospect. He has very good speed, great closing burst and range at the position in a well-built frame that is deceptively stronger than it appears, especially when it comes to functional strength; jamming, pressing and supporting the run. Extremely quick to recover, fluid in his change-of-direction and athletic in his ability to play the ball in the air, it will be difficult for Muschamp to keep this young shut-down corner off the field as a true freshman. It’s a position that can hold back even the most talented high school corner prospects from making an impact early at the BCS level due to the learning curve and technique required to succeed at the position, but Hargreaves is ready.
He couldn’t step into a better position in terms of competing for playing time. The Gators will have an upperclassmen laden cornerback unit upon his arrival and a depth chart in need of young impact type players.