Every year it seems that the Grand Canyon State of Arizona has been increasing their number of D-I prospects. Once again it looks like Arizona will have a good number of prospects. One of the state's best is a versatile lineman with the talent to play on both sides of the ball on the collegiate level.
The player in question is defensive tackle Jonathan Hargis (6-5, 290, 5.2) from Mesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain.
Hargis was selected District Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 for the Grand Canyon State's toughest district. He was also an all-Arizona selection which consists of the best players in the state that includes all classifications.
On the season, Hargis led Red Mountain in tackles with 81. He also had 10 quarterback hurries, five sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked field goal
"If we let Jonathan play both ways," Red Mountain coach Jim Jones said. "He would be our best offensive lineman, too."
"Some schools are recruiting Jonathan as a defensive lineman," Jones said. "While other schools like him as an offensive lineman."
"I originally thought Jonathan was better suited as an offensive player," Jones said. "But as he has got older and matured he has become stronger and quicker that now I feel he could play defense in college."
"By the time we get through with Jonathan he will be running close to a five-flat 40," Jones said. "When a college gets a hold of he will improve on that."
According to Jones Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA lead a contingent of Pac-10 teams showing interest in his talented lineman. Nebraska called to ask about this morning (February 16th). Fellow Big 12 schools Oklahoma and Texas Tech have also expressed interest in Hargis.