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Wharton three-way standout Vernon Hargreaves III, son of a USF assistant and the bay area's top-rated rising senior recruit, announced via Twitter this afternoon that he has committed to Florida.
"I can officially say I am committed to THE University of Florida!," Hargreaves tweeted with a #GoGators hashtag. "CHOMP CHOMP."
Hargreaves, fourth in the ESPN 150 list of the nation's top rising seniors, narrowed his college list to five only six days ago. Notre Dame, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Miami were the other finalists.
He's the highest-ranked rising senior to commit to UF so far, and the Gators' fourth defensive back commitment overall.
The son of USF's special teams coordinator of the same name, Hargreaves (5-foot-10, 1/2, 185 pounds) could line up at corner (his projected college position), safety, receiver, quarterback, return specialist and even holder for the Wildcats this season.
Noted for his speed, swivel hips and instinctiveness, he collected 237 rushing and 313 receiving yards as a junior, with 49 tackles and two picks on defense. On seven kick returns, he averaged more than 44 yards.
Last month, he told the Times his father's place of employment would have no bearing on his decision.
"My dad has been coaching for a very long time," he said. "Yeah, I'm a good player and I'm his son, but I'm not the only player in the country. I mean, there are other good corners out there that can do the same things I can do. So if I went to USF, he'd be proud, he'd be happy. If I don't, he's still going to be happy, he's still my dad."
Hargreaves' commitment comes on the eve of UF's annual "Friday Night Lights" camp, a de facto showcase of the Gators' Class of 2013 commitments and dozens of other top prospects. He's expected to bypass the event for an elite seven-on-seven tournament in Lake Buena Vista, but fellow bay area Gator commitments Joey Ivie (Pasco) and Rodney Adams (Lakewood) reportedly will attend.