Agholor just plays the game

With several programs already on board, Nelson Agholor of Tampa (FL) Berkeley Prep has already seen the Irish look to build a strong relationship. Irish Eyes caught up with the talented prospect to learn more about his interest in Notre Dame, and about his game.

At 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, Nelson Agholor has built a solid list of schools who have offered him a scholarship. Programs from all parts of the country have now offered, and while Agholor knows there is plenty of time to make his decision, one program has shown the willingness to build a strong relationship early is Notre Dame and wide receiver coach Tony Alford.

"I have interest in Notre Dame," Agholor told Irish Eyes. "As of right now, I have not made any steps to make a visit to Notre Dame. However, Coach Alford has been a good recruiter and has been very good to me during this process."

One thing helping the Irish is the fact Alford coaches the wide receivers, the position they see the Florida native playing at in college.

"A lot of things depend on where I end up and who is going to coach me. Coach Alford being the wide receiver coach at Notre Dame is a positive."

What asked to breakdown his own game, Agholor wasted little time making sure everyone understand he just likes to play football.

"I don't know all of that; I just play the game of football. Coaches will dictate what they want and I will go out and do it."

Last weekend was a special one as Nelson was considered one of the top performers at the Badger Sports 7v7 in Tampa.

"It was a great experience and hopefully more things like that will come along."

As for the things he will use in making his final decision. Nelson knows several things will go into his decision.

"Guys try to find a school that fits them. Therefore, it does not matter if the school is all the way in Oregon, California, or South Bend. It just does not matter. You want to find a school that is the best fit for you no matter where that may be."

"There are a lot of things that will go into the decision. One thing I will look hard at is the people who I will be around and see how they go about their business and play the game of football."

So what has Nelson been doing with his time? In addition, is he excited about spring football just around the corner?

"Right now I'm just taking it easy and whatever comes up comes up. We start spring football on May 1 when we come back from spring break. I love the fact every opportunity you have as a football player and competitor to go hard and go out and get better is an advantage."

With some of the top programs in the country on board, has anyone jumped out early?

"Right now I have no favorites as every school that has interest in me; I'm going to show interest back. This will be the same statement I will give to everyone until sometime after this spring until I have had a chance to evaluate all of these schools. Right now the respect being show to me I want to give back."

Has anything surprised Nelson about how the recruiting process has started?

"It's not overwhelming; however it was somewhat a surprise. I am very privileged to have these opportunities and I understand now that this is a business and how it is going to be gone about. I feel I'm mature enough to handle this."

As for distance from home being a factor, Nelson stressed it was more about fit than miles from home.

"It's all about the best fit and what is going to help you in the long run. All my family is understanding and I hope all supporting me is going to be understanding no matter if the school I choose is a few minutes away from my mom's house at USF, or if I'm many miles away in California. It does not really matter. If the program is where I best fit, that is where I will land."

Irish Eyes will continue checking back with Nelson Agholor in the coming weeks to learn more about his interest in Notre Dame. Top Stories