Tampa, Fla. -- Vernon Hargreaves III has heard all the recruiting pitches from college football coaches. He hears them in bulk these days, since he is considered the nation's top defensive back in the class of 2013.
The Wharton cornerback/safety listens closely to his dad's guidance.
"He says as fast as they come," the younger Hargreaves said. "they can leave."
Vernon Hargreaves, Jr. is not your ordinary football dad. He knows the ins and outs of the football recruiting game because he's part of it every day, but not just as the dad of a marquee recruit.
Dad is the special teams coordinator at USF. And he's the Bulls' coach who is recruiting his son.
"If he decides to come here, I want it to be because he wants to be here," the elder Hargreaves said. "so that he can have the type of success that I want him to have."
Don't think that dad doesn't want his son in a Bulls uniform because he does. But so does every other program in the nation.
If the Bulls land Wharton's five-star recruit, it would be the most highly-regarded recruit in the program's history, surpassing the four-star signings of quarterback B.J. Daniels and Armwood High defensive end Ryne Giddins.
The younger Hargreaves knows his five-star status only goes so far.
"I'm proud that they think that of me, that they think that highly of me," the player said. "But then again, you can't just live off that."
"To watch him come all this way and get to a point where he can be considered a pretty good player," the proud father said. "it's fun to watch."
Travis Bell, 10 News