Ajagbe Giving Back

Coconut Grove (FL) Ransom Everglades High School standout Gideon Ajagbe takes time out to give back to the community.

Ajagbe is one of the most widely talked about prospects for the class of 2010 and deservedly so. He could end up at safety or linebacker at the next level and displays the kind of defensive toughness that has drawn the attention of the Florida coaching staff. At 6-1, 203-pounds Ajagbe is such a good athlete he gets a lot of time on the offensive side of the ball where he has had 50 carries for 305 yards. On defense he has a total of 22 tackles for his 2-1 team.

The thing about Gideon that surprises so many people is he always wants to talk about his teammates first and give them accolades before he wants to talk about himself. As you will see in his comments below, Ajagbe is a total team player and the kind of work he does off the field makes people feel privileged just to speak with the young man.

Perfect example of how humble he is, when I asked him how he was doing this year he started by telling me who the leading tackler on the team was.

"Our leading tackler is Roger Khouri," Ajagbe said. "He leads the team with 45 tackles in three games."

In today's age of high school football you see a lot of teams that don't act like a team, but that is not the case with Ransom Everglades. Ajagbe went on to explain why.

"Practices are intense, tough, and long but that is going to help us in the long run when we are deep in the season and we start playing our district schedule," he said. "Our coaches stress success and they really expect us to give it our all everyday in practice so we can translate it to the game. They also stress team unity and looking out for each other on and off the field. We aren't where we need to be but before the district schedule starts we will be ready."

Gideon Ajagbe is a super looking prospect and will certainly be a great player regardless of where he ends up. Ajagbe is a total team player on and off the field and the kind of player that you want on your team.

"This season along with football we have done community service outreach programs for terminally ill kids at The Ronald McDonald House in Jackson Memorial Hospital," he said. "We played bingo and gave gifts out to the kids and we also mopped and swept the hallways, restocked and cleaned the kitchen, and helped the staff with other things that needed to be tended to at the house. This is not the only community service project that we will be attending this season. Our coach said that this will start to become a regular thing for the team because it makes us know how good we have it and we will become more unselfish and play harder on the field."

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