Less than one week after he had verbally committed to Missouri, 2015 LB prospect Franklin Agbasimere 6’2” 220 Montverde (FL) took an official visit to Missouri over the weekend of January 23-25. After he had returned to the Orlando area, he spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about seeing Missouri for the first time.
“I really liked everything that I saw,” explained Agbasimere. “I liked Missouri. I liked the campus. Everything was cool. The school. The coaches. The players. Everything was cool. I felt comfortable there.……………………………….. I’m going to sign with Missouri.”
“I sat down with the linebacker coach (Coach Odom),” said Agbasimere. “We had a good talk. Everything was just like I wanted it. Everything was cool.”
Agbasimere said that Coach Odom told him that he’s looking forward to coaching his newest linebacker recruit.
Missouri was the first major school to offer Agbasimere. 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. Schools are continuing to contact Agbasimere for the purpose of recruiting him. But the Nigerian said that he’s going to sign with Missouri.
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.” Agbasimere is 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 his former high school coach.
Agbasimere said that the Missouri coaches are coming to see him this week.
“I’m not taking any other visits,” explained Agbasimere. “I’m done with recruiting.”
He said that he’s excited about signing with Missouri and getting started on his Missouri career.