On Sunday, Missouri received a verbal commitment from 2015 LB prospect Franklin Agbasimere 6’2” 215 Montverde (FL). Afterwards, he spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about his decision to play football at Missouri.
“I’m so happy,” began Agbasimere, who immigrated to the United States from Nigeria less than two years ago. “I’m glad I did it!”
Agbasimere has an official visit to Missouri scheduled for next weekend, January 23. But he didn’t want to wait to join the Missouri Tigers. He said that he was able to watch Missouri practice when the Tigers were in Orlando last month, and that he liked what he saw.
“Ever since I had the opportunity to see them in Orlando for the bowl game, I liked what I saw,” explained Agbasimere. “I saw the way the Missouri coaches interacted with their players. I felt that I would be comfortable being around them. I knew that Missouri was where I wanted to go.”
Missouri was the first major school to offer him. He’s played two seasons of American football at Montverde since he came to Florida. He chose Missouri over offers from Delaware, New Mexico, UCF, and USF, among others.
ShowMeMizzou.com also spoke with Agbasimere’s Montverde head coach Brian Treweek.
“He’s a physical specimen,” said Coach Treweek, speaking of Agbasimere. “He does the triple jump and the long jump in track.”
He’s ultra-athletic, and he has been timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash, to go along with a 40” standing vertical jump. He’s bench-pressed 345 pounds. His best triple jump is over 41 feet. And, he’s run the 200-meters in 23.32 seconds.
“You won’t have to worry about Franklin’s work ethic,” said Coach Treweek. “When it’s all said and done, after his college career, he’s going to be, he’s got the potential to be really good, almost up to the great potential.”
Agbasimere said that he really likes American football.
“I really love it,” explained the physical LB prospect.
He had a message for Missouri fans.
“Watch out for me,” said Agbasimere, who plans to study business at Missouri. “I’m coming to Missouri. I’m coming to do my best.”