Gifted Athlete with Eye on Gators

One of the top two-way standouts in the country for the class of 2012 is Nelson Agholor. The 6-2 and 180-pound Agholor checks in from Tampa (FL) Berkeley Preparatory School.

Nelson Agholor plays wide receiver and defensive back for head coach Dominick Ciao. He has numerous verbal offers including Florida and USC. With his performance in this year's spring games all eyes are on Agholor.

Agholor ended with 176 total yards in his spring game against Orlando (FL) Lake Highland Prep. Making it even more impressive was his nine carries for 138 yards, three touchdowns, including a 70-yarder.

Agholor has visited the University of Florida several times and talked about the visit.

"The trip went well and we had a real nice group," Agholor said. "I went with a bunch of guys like Andre Davis, Josh Grady and Anthony Chickillo and some others."
Agholor knows a lot about the Florida program but this trip was a little different.

"We all got to see what the University of Florida was like outside of football. This was my third trip. I have spent time talking with Coach Meyer before but this was our longest talk so far. It was good. My favorite part was talking with the wide receiver coach Zach Azzanni and talking about plays."

Agholor has been a stat machine over the last two seasons. As a sophomore he had more than 900 yards rushing, 14 touchdowns and 239 receiving yards with three touchdowns. On defense he ended the year with over 30 tackles and four interceptions. This coming off an equally impressive freshmen season of more than1,200 all-purpose yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions on defense.

As far as what side of the ball he plays at the next level it makes no difference to Agholor but it does to the Florida coaches.

"One of the things Coach Meyer was telling me was how both the offensive and defensive coaches were arguing which side of the ball they see me playing. I have no favorites at all as far as positions and I just want to play."

Coach Dan McCarney is his recruiting coach and Agholor is a big fan of the Florida defensive line coach.

"Coach McCarney is a great guy. I mean a great guy he treats me real well. He has strong connections to my head coach Dominick Ciao and so does Urban Meyer. Coach Meyer and I called my coach when I was in his office. That is real important to me because Coach Ciao and I are real close."

Lane Kiffin's brother Chris played for Coach Ciao at Jesuit. Coach Ciao, when he wasn't coaching, worked helping Monte Kiffin break down film for the Bucs.


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