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How You Proved Yourself: Vernon Hargreaves III shares his defining moment

One moment changed the way Vernon Hargreaves III approaches the game. / Tom Lemming

Every athlete has experienced a moment when their teammates and peers knew they were a force to be reckoned with. Twice a week we’ll let high school athletes dish on the moment when they proved they belonged. Share your "Prove Yourself" moment and you'll be entered for a chance to win an iPad.

This week we caught up with Wharton (Tampa) cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, a Florida commit.

When was your defining moment?

“Last year when we played against Alonso (Tampa, Fla.). It was to see who would go to the playoffs and I just completely dominated that game. I contributed 26 of our 46 points and had three touchdowns. It was just one of those times when I was just doing everything right.”

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Can you remember how you felt coming into that game?

“I was nervous, but I was really focused. I was really ready to play I remember that. I was anxious.”

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What did it feel like to start making all of those plays?

“It felt great. I knew at some point during that game that they couldn’t stop me. It’s like something clicked for me and I took that and ran with it.”

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What was the reception like from your teammates and fans after that game?

“Everyone was excited for me and from that point on they definitely looked to me for that kind of production. I just stayed confident from that point on.”

In hindsight was this the moment that changed your mindset from thinking you could be dominant to knowing it?

“Oh, no question man. That whole mindset of coming out and dominating put a lot of pressure on me, but that game made me love pressure. It’s weird, that game just changed how I approach the game and everything. It was definitely my defining moment.”

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