Trotwood RB Hargrove commits to Bowling Green
TROTWOOD -- Trotwood rising senior running back Ra'veion Hargrove is one of the most explosive players in the Miami Valley and Tuesday he committed to continue his football career at Bowling Green.
Several schools were recruiting Hargrove as a slot wide receiver rather than a running back due to his size, 5'6" 175lbs. Hargrove knew he wanted to be a running back and continues to work to prove exactly what he can do.
As a sophomore Hargrove rushed for 3,039 yards, the 9th most in a single season in Ohio history, and 39 touchdowns, the 16th highest single season total in state history.
In his high school career Hargrove has piled up 4,899 yards and 63 touchdowns and is approaching multiple milestones that will put him up with some of the most prolific rushing careers in state history.
Despite all of that the running back continues to have to prove himself.
Bowling Green was one of the schools that views him as a feature running back.
"You're going to come here and run the ball 25 times a game," Hargrove says BG head coach Mike Jinks told Hargrove.
"When he said that it was music to my ears."
Hargrove's top five schools included Bowling Green, Ball State, Miami, Toledo and Kent State but ultimately gave his pledge to the Falcons.
"It was everything about Bowling Green from the coaching staff to the players up there," Hargrove said.
"It was like a home away from home."
The Trotwood running back now joins a growing pipeline of players from the Miami Valley to go to Bowling Green.
The current roster for this upcoming season features 8 area graduates: Matt Wilcox (Wayne), Elijah Cunningham (Springboro), Dorian Hendrix (Wayne), Gus Schwieterman (Bethel), Lorenzo Taborn (Sidney), Tristan Davis (Wayne) and Grant Tinnerman (Centerville).
But the ties to the Miami Valley don't end there.
Trotwood grad Darius Wortham and Centerville grad Colin DeBord will both be incoming freshmen this fall.Trotwood grad Roland Walder is transferring from Kentucky to Bowling Green this season and Centerville grad Tyler Traylor is coming to BG from Cincinnati."The pipeline from the 937 (Dayton's area code) to Bowling Green is huge for me," Hargrove said."It shows you we have a lot of talent down here so I'm just ready to get up there and compete.With his commitment out of the way Hargrove can now turn his attention to trying to help Trotwood win its first state championship since 2011.In Hargrove's time with the Rams Trotwood has lost in the state championship game (2016) and the state semi-final game (2014 & 2015).