January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (24) during the first half at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Hargreaves, Taylor, Neal Named to Parade All American Team


Florida cornerback recruit Vernon Hargreaves III was named a first team Parade All American for the 2013 team. Hargreaves, from Tampa, is the only Gator recruit named to the prestigious first team All American list.

He is considered the top cornerback recruit in the country and the third overall recruit regardless of position on the ESPN recruiting rankings list.

He also was an Under Armour All American and was named Black team MVP in that game.

Hargreaves has all the skills to be a successful shut down corner at the college level, great speed, quick hips, great reaction time, and strong leaping ability.

He is perfect for the press coverage that Muschamp likes to employ and his skills will allow the defensive coordinator to do a lot of things in the run game and with blitz packages.

He shut down the Laquon Treadwell, considered the nation’s top receiver on some recruiting lists, in the Under Armour game and was clearly the best player on the field regardless of position.

Gator running back recruit Kelvin Taylor from Belle Glades was named an honorable mention Parade All American.

Taylor is the son of Gator legend Fred Taylor and a high school legend in his own right after breaking Emmitt Smith’s (8804) old Florida high school career rushing record after last season his junior year.

Taylor looks impressively like his father on the field with not as much speed but maybe better vision.

He’s likely the most complete back coming out of high school this season and will likely see early playing time in Will Muschamp’s downhill rushing attack as they seek to replace 1,000 yard rusher Mike Gillislee next season.

He’s a polished inside runner with patience and great vision with the ability to hit the hole hard, make cuts, or bounce outside.

He’s also a great receiver out of the backfield and is an accomplished blocker something you don’t see often with backs coming out of high school.

Safety recruit Keanu Neal, also a Gator commit, was an honorable mention selection for the Parade All American team as well.

He is a hard hitting safety who should excel up near the line of scrimmage in run support as well as playing in nickel coverage dime coverage.

He is the quintessential Muschamp strong safety and resembles Matt Elam, the guy he will likely replace at some point, a lot in stature and in play.

He will likely come in and compete for early playing time next season on both special teams and in nickel and dime coverage.

 

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