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Vernon Hargreaves III Commits to Florida and is Highest Ranked Recruit of Coach Muschamp Era

The University of Florida’s marquee recruiting event of the year, Friday Night Lights is happening today, but the Gators can celebrate whether it goes well tonight or not. They secured a commitment from Vernon Hargreaves III, the No. 4-ranked player in the country, on Thursday.

Less then 7 days ago Wharton(Tampa, Fla.), the five-star cornerback, announced his top five 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 !”

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back ultimately chose the Gators over Clemson, Miami, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, and USF; Hargreaves (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) announced his decision on Twitter after visiting Florida on Thursday.

Hargreaves tweeted his excitement about joining the Gators: “I can officially say I am committed to THE University of Florida ! #GoGators CHOMP CHOMP”. Hargreaves had previously mentioned in recruiting that staying close to home was important, and he followed through with that by going to a school only a couple hours from home.

http://youtu.be/u0iPG390NYc

The highlights above show the kind of lock down defender and more than capable on field tackler that the Gators are getting.

Hargreaves will play in the Under Armour All-America game in January, and is Florida’s highest ranking commitment; He is also the highest ranked recruit that Florida coach Will Muschamp has landed.

Hargreaves could not attend Florida’s Friday Night Lights event tonight because he is participating in a 7-on-7 tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., this weekend. But GatorNation will be pleased to hear that Hargreaves has committed anyway, and will contribute immediately to Florida’s pass protection.