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Interest picks up for Hargrave CB

Interest is rising for Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy cornerback Josh Pleasant. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder has a couple of MAC offers. Plenty of colleges from the BCS are taking a long hard look at the Maryland prospect after a solid season prepping.
"The season just ended a few weeks ago," he said. "It was a pretty good year. I did well. I had six interceptions and around 20 or so tackles. I also had two punt returns for touchdowns.
"I had a good experience at Hargrave. The military part of it was tough, but I think it definitely helped me out. The competition here makes you play so much harder; especially going against the receivers we have on our team. I improved a lot on breaking on the ball, game speed and my technique. I just got to get my technique down even more."
While many prospects prep due to academic issues, that wasn't the case for Pleasant.
"The only reason I came was for exposure," he said. "I'm already qualified. I'm just waiting for the recruiting season to pick up and then I can go play four years wherever I go."
What's gone on in recruiting for the four-star prospect so far?
"Kent State and Akron have offered me," he said. "Lately, I've been in touch with Ole Miss. They are talking about offering me a scholarship.
"I went to Tennessee this season. They liked me. I've also heard from coaches at Virginia Tech, Florida State, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Wake Forest, Connecticut and Maryland."
Does anyone stick out?
"I like Tennessee a lot," he said. "I don't know about the situation there though. They've got two starting freshmen corners from Hargrave.
"I like Virginia Tech too, especially with the way they put out good defensive backs and good defensive players. I also have an interest in Michigan since my high school coach went there and West Virginia has been a favorite of mine too. I have some friends that go there."
Pleasant confirmed he plans to take one of his visits to Ole Miss, but has yet to schedule the trip.
In general, what is the cornerback looking for in a school?
"I want good competition, a great atmosphere and a good education even if I don't make it to the NFL," he said. "I'd like to be a coach when I'm done. I also would prefer to stay on the East Coast."
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