Speed always on 2019 DE target Jason Bargy's mind

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Running track isn’t just an offseason hobby for Jason Bargy.

As a freshman at Momence (Ill.) High, Bargy’s 100-meter dash time of 11.49 seconds left him out of the IHSA Class A state final by .07 seconds.

A year later, Bargy has his mind set on a state championship and a 10.9. He’d be doing it as a 6-foot-3, 225-pound college football prospect.

“My numbers are increasing,” Bargy said. “That’s my goal. That’s what I want to do later on down the season and end up going to state again.”

College football coaches have already started to project Bargy as a defensive end, but he’s no stranger to running hard. He spent much of his sophomore season with the ball in his hands. Bargy rushed 159 times for 1,266 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also caught four touchdown passes.

On defense, Bargy recorded 61 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and four sacks. 247Sports slates Bargy as a four-star recruit and the No. 6 weakside defensive end in the 2019 class.

Bargy’s résumé has attracted big-time colleges to his small town in eastern Illinois. He has already collected five scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue and Iowa State.

His offer from the Irish came on his visit for sophomore day earlier this month.

“It was pretty incredible,” Bargy said.

Having only received his first scholarship offer in February, Bargy is still learning the ins and outs of the recruiting process.

“It’s just the beginning,” Bargy said. “I’m not used to it quite yet.”

Still, Bargy has started to think about what he’s looking for in a school.

“Academics,” Bargy listed. “How the team is together. Is it family relationship? Building relationships. If they stay together.”

But unlike how Bargy plays on the football field, he won’t be in hurry to finish his recruitment. He has plenty left to experience ahead of him.

Defensive end Jason Bargy, a 2019 recruit, received a Notre Dame offer while on his visit for sophomore day in April. (Tribune Photo/TYLER JAMES)