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McQuay, Hargreaves get Parade All-America awards

Published: April 3, 2013 Updated: April 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Vernon Hargreaves III picks up his Parade plaque. The defensive back is head to the University of Florida.

Vernon Hargreaves III and Leon McQuay III were recognized by Parade magazine Wednesday, two months after the publication named them to its All-America high school football team.

McQuay, a safety from Armwood High, is already attending Southern Cal, so his father, mother and stepmother picked up his award Wednesday.

Hargreaves, a defensive back from Wharton High, received his award during a small ceremony on campus.

Hargreaves, who is headed to the University of Florida, accounted for 110 tackles and five interceptions during his senior year. He was named winner of the Guy Toph Award, which goes to Hillsborough County's top player.

“It was fun,” he said Wednesday of his final season at Wharton. “It was my best year, it was my funnest year, and I feel like I accomplished the most. I'm going to miss it.”

Hargreaves was ranked as one of the country's top five prep players by many scouting services, including ESPN, which had him rated as the nation's top cornerback and the No. 3 overall prospect.

He said he was most proud of being named most valuable player at the Under Armour All-America Game in January.

McQuay also played in the Under Armour game, where he had two pass breakups. During his senior season, McQuay had 54 tackles and intercepted five passes for the Hawks.

“Leon has pushed himself academically and athletically pretty much his whole life. I'm very proud of him,” his father, Leon McQuay II, said.

Parade announced the team Feb. 3.

The awards were presented by Tampa Tribune reporter Nick Williams.