Ajagbe Interested In Ohio State

Ohio State has had great success recruiting the state of Florida under Jim Tressel. It appears that the Buckeyes are continuing to actively recruit the state, and one of the early targets is Coconut Grove Ransom Everglades junior Gideon Ajagbe. Bill Greene has more on this exciting prospect.

Coconut Grove [Fla.] Ransom Everglades star junior Gideon Ajagbe has established himself as one of top prospects in the Florida junior class. Ajagbe, 6-2 and 200 pounds, is being recruited by most schools as either a safety or a linebacker.

"Recruiting is going great for me, and I've had a lot of coaches stopping by the school to check me out," Ajagbe told BuckeyeSports.com. "I already had offers from Florida, North Carolina, Central Florida, Florida International, Florida State and Boston College. All schools see me as a defensive player, except for North Carolina, who's recruiting me as a running back. I also play wide receiver. I love defense, but I will play anywhere the team wants me to play. I'm very grateful to have these offers, but I've put a lot of work in, so I'm not surprised."

Ajagbe compared his style of football to current Florida high school star Frankie Telfort from Miami Gulliver.

"Frankie is a great player, and I like his game a lot," he said. "Frankie is a more instinctive player than I am right now. I think I'm still very raw, with a lot of upside. I truly haven't learned how to play linebacker yet. I'm more of an athlete making plays, rather than a finished player. I just play linebacker when my team needs me to, because I play more safety right now."

Ajagbe, who ran a 4.57 40-yard dash at an Under Armour combine recently, grew up rooting for the Florida Gators, and admits he still roots for them.

"I'm was a Florida fan growing up, and they're definitely my favorite team right now," Ajagbe said. "They are my leader right now, but that doesn't mean I'm going there. They have showed me the most attention so far, but I'm still interested on other schools, because this will be a business decision for me. I'm thrilled that Florida is showing me a lot of love, but I'm not close to making a decision yet."

Ajagbe was visited earlier this week by Ohio State and head coach Jim Tressel at the school. He spoke about his thoughts on the Buckeyes.

"Ohio State was at my school this week, and it was nice to see Coach [Jim] Tressel in person," he said. "They aren't allowed to talk to me much, but it was nice meeting Coach Tressel and Coach [Paul] Haynes. Ohio State is a great program, and I will definitely be considering them highly. Coach Tressel is a good man, and a very fine coach. I would love to play for a program like that. I know the players consider it a family place, and I would love to be at a place like that. I know they've had some Florida kids do well there. I would love to have an offer from Ohio State. They left with my highlight tape, and my transcript."

Ajagbe has worked very hard to turn around his academic career after a rough beginning.

"I'm doing great now, but it always hasn't been this way for me," Ajagbe said. "I messed around as a freshman, and wasn't serious about my schoolwork at all. I worked harder on football than I did in the classroom, but I've had a complete change of heart. I'm now working harder in the classroom than I do on the football field, and I'm doing really well, too. I will be fine academically if I stay with the same attitude I have now. Just write in the article that I give all my credit to God for where I am today. God has touched my heart, and I know I'm in this position because of Him."


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