Hargrove will trade in the Raiders’ Blue and Gold for the Blue and Yellow of Dakota State University, where he plans to join the football and track squads.
Dakota State, a member of the Association of Independent Institutions in the NAIA, is located in Madison, SD.
Hargrove was also looking at Div. III schools such as the University of Puget Sound, Lewis & Clark and Cal Lutheran, but was sold on Dakota State’s academics.
“I chose Dakota State because they have a good football program, and I love their track program, too. Their business management program is amazing,” Hargrove said. “I know it’s going to help me be successful in the future. I just wanted to pick a school I would feel comfortable at and where I knew I would get a good education.
“It’s kind of a dream come true. I knew I would have to work hard and it starts with doing extra stuff like working out and staying mentally focused.”
Hargrove received an honorable mention all-league award this season at wide receiver. He was third on the team with 41 receptions for 441 yards and four touchdowns. He also recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.
This spring, Hargrove is one of the Raiders’ leading sprinters on the track team and his goal is to make state in the 100 meters.
His coach has been impressed with his improvement.
“He’s been a big surprise this year. Last year, he was in the middle of the pack,” Reed track coach Dale Moss said. “His offseason and work in other sports has really paid off for him. He’s pretty much leading the North as far as the 100-meter dash. It’s been a nice surprise.
“Marty is helping out with the relays. He’s very dedicated and hard working. He’s very coachable, and those are all things that have helped put him in that position.”
Hargrove hopes to open his own bakery and pastry shop after college.