ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tampa (Fla.) Wharton jack of all trades Vernon Hargreaves III illustrious high school career ended Friday night, losing to Dr. Phillips 28-15 in the opening round of the FSHAA 8A playoffs.
Florida five-star commit Vernon Hargreaves III looks to help the Gators on defense, special teams or even offense next fall.
In the loss, the five-star prospect converted a pair of crucial fourth downs on the night by catch a six yard hitch as hit tight roped the sidelines and a 10 yard run from a Wildcat formation. He also gave his team excellent field position on two different occasions with a spectacular one-handed catch for a gain of 20-yards to put the ball at the the three yard line and stripped a receiver in the flats on defense where a teammate scooped the ball up and returned it to the six yard line.
“Unfortunate loss today, but I guess there is more to life than football,” Hargreaves III said following the game. “I’m not really thinking about it right now, I’m just going to try to comfort my teammates. You know we had a good season.”
For Dr. Phillips, they were without starting safety Marcell Harris, who suffered a knee injury at the end of the regular season. Hargreaves III, a Florida Gator commit since July, briefly chatted with the uncommitted and key Florida target Harris after to game.
“I asked how he was doing first,” Hargreaves III said of his brief chat with Harris. “I didn’t talk to him about Florida, but I have his number and I will text him. You know I was just asking how he was doing and hoped he would get better so he can play rest of the playoffs.”
With his high school career over, Hargreaves III now turns his attention to the Florida Gators and prepping for his first year of college football.
“Work out, work on my game, get bigger, stronger, faster, all of that,” he said of what is next for him.
The Gators recruited Hargreaves to play cornerback, but with the emergence of Loucheiz Purifoy, Jaylen Watkins and Marcus Roberson at the corner position this fall for Florida, it will not be an easy task for the true freshman to crack that rotation. He understands that, but is willing to help Florida anywhere on the field, even offense next fall.
“I’m not really sure how I’m going to fit in, I’m just excited really,” Hargreaves said. “Just to help the team anyway I can. Special teams, offense, defense, it doesn’t matter. I’m just going to do whatever it takes to get on the field and help my team.”
Hargreaves III, the nation’s No. 6 overall prospect according to 247Sports, will participate in the Under Armour All-American game January 4, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.