Michael Hargis may have recently transferred from Austin (Texas) LBJ to Manor (Texas) but colleges have not lost him in the transition. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior has been hearing from schools since his sophomore season and those same programs are still recruiting him.
In fact, Hargis recently picked up his first offer. However, it wasn't from one of the teams that have been in frequent contact with him. It was actually the first time he had spoken to anybody from the school.
"North Texas is my first offer," Hargis said. "They offered not this past weekend but the one before that. I was actually at UTSA for a junior day and when I was leaving I got a call from (North Texas). Their junior day was this past weekend but I couldn't make it.
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"It came as a big surprise to me. I hadn't even talked to them before that but they said they had heard about me and then seen my film and wanted to offer me."
Hargis says some other programs could follow suit in the somewhat near future.
"That's the only right now but a lot of schools are staying in touch with me quite a bit," he said. "I'm taking my SAT on Mar. 12 so that's one of the reasons why some of them are holding back. They want to have a score for me before offering.
"(Texas) A&M, they're recruiting me very heavily. U of H, Baylor and Oklahoma State are as well. A&M, U of H and UTSA are probably recruiting me the hardest right now. I've been talking to coach Nick Toth at A&M, coach Neal Neathery at UTSA and coach Kendal Briles at Baylor."
Hargus has taken visits to two in-state programs so far this spring.
"The only junior days I've been to so far are UTSA and U of H," he said. "They were very good. I learned a lot about both schools and had a chance to meet the coaches and everything. They went really well."
The athletic defender also visited another campus in the fall.
"I also went on an unofficial visit to A&M last semester," Hargis said. "I went to a bunch of their home games too, but I went up there one day with my family for a visit and they showed me the facilities and everything.
"I really liked it. So far, out of all the schools, A&M has the best academics. You have your own personal tutor then another tutor and another tutor after that. You have to check in with each one of them every day. At the other schools you only have to check in with your tutor once a week. A&M has a certain amount of study hours you have to have regardless. I liked that a lot."
Though he has played a couple of positions in his high school career, Hargis says he is being recruited as a linebacker by each school.
"Everybody is looking at me to play linebacker," he said. "This past year I actually played safety because we were struggling at DB. I started the season at linebacker but they moved me to safety. My sophomore year I made all-district at linebacker. This past year I made al-district at safety but I'm a linebacker for sure."