Jason Bargy no longer a top Gophers football recruit after domestic battery charge
Once the top-rated player in the Gophers football recruiting class of 2019, Jason Bargy now faces a charge of domestic battery in Illinois and is no longer in Minnesotas plans.
A four-star defensive end at Momence (Ill.) High School, Bargy was released from a Kankakee (Ill.) County detention center on $5,000 bail on Tuesday after his Sunday arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 5 on a Class A misdemeanor charge of domestic battery/bodily harm. The maximum penalty is one year in jail and a fine of $2,500.
Even before the arrest, the Gophers had moved away from their recruitment of Bargy six weeks ago because the staff had concerns about his collegiate eligibility, sources familiar with Bargys recruitment said.
Under NCAA rules, coaches cannot speak specifically about recruits until they sign a national letter of intent. Gophers coach P.J. Fleck spoke in general terms during his Tuesday news conference about how his program handles situations in which it has to part ways with recruits.
We have standard policies in recruiting that every player that we recruit, every player who is committed to us must uphold the standard of what we feel is what we have in our culture now, not only us but in their high school program, Fleck said. A lot of times, if you dont do that, you put yourself at risk.
Youve got to continue to do well academically, youve got to do well on the field, youve got to do well with your teammates, he continued. Youve got to continue to serve in your high school. Youve got to continue to make your life better. Just because youve committed and have your scholarship, doesnt mean youre on easy street and coasting.
Fleck added that individual circumstances are considered, too, but the program has it guidelines.
Once players have been offered or they are committed, we hold them up to the standards of what we have for our players here, he said. I think the players think the same way. When you are part of us, we feel like youre a part of us even if youre not here physically. We want to see your life improve and continue to improve. We dont want to see you go backward. You want to help them through anything that theyre going through.
Bargy, 18, had been the No. 2-ranked recruit in Illinois and the No. 15-ranked weakside defensive end nationally in the 247Sports.com composite ratings of major recruiting services. The 6-4, 255-pounder gave the Gophers a verbal commitment on May 9.
With Bargy no longer in the Gophers plans, the team has 23 verbal commitments for the Class of 2019. Minnesota ranks 38th nationally and ninth in the Big Ten in the 247Sports composite ratings. College footballs early signing date is Dec. 19, and Flecks aim is to have his entire class signed that day.