Today, we continue our daily series in which Brandon Huffman, Bob Lichtenfels, Chad Simmons and Greg Powers breakdown a prospect.
Player: Nelson Agholor
Projected Pos: S/WR
School: Berkeley Prep (Tampa)
Schools being considered Holds dozens of offers and told IrishEyes.com this week Notre Dame was still in the mix.
Huffman says: You can play him at running back, receiver, safety, corner; he really can do it all. I think his best position, in terms of on the field, in college would be as a safety, just because he has the kind of special "it" factor that a lot of defensive guys do.
Sure, he would be a phenomenal offensive guy, but a guy with his size and his skill set on the defensive side of the ball is going to make a lot of money.
Lichtenfels says: Darby was the most impressive player to me, but Agholor was in the top two-three. Even if you weren't watching his games you could hear his name being called on almost every play. Lots of people like him as a safety, but I'm in the camp that likes him at wide receiver. He is fast and has that long, rangy frame that gives him a flexibility advantage over most and he uses his body very well shielding defenders away from the ball. He has great hands, as he rarely missed any balls thrown at him.
Simmons says: We pushed him up to five stars, and I really pushed for that in our past rankings meeting. I already had that in my mind going into the event, but he just solidified it, and showed everybody that's where he belongs. He spent pretty much all the time of the offensive side of the ball. When they needed a big play down the field, he was the guy
He made short catches across the middle, he made the short grab and turned it into a big gain, and he definitely stretched the field vertically as well. He had everything you look for in a wide receiver, or in my opinion, a free safety. He's a great athlete, very rangy, more of a finesse type of player, great balls skills, very good acceleration. He can play as fast as he needs to play.
Powers says: Nelson Agholor is just a beast. The biggest problem you're going to have with him is trying to decide which side of the ball you want to use him on. I can see him going to a school and coaches just fighting over whether he's going to be a safety or a wide receiver, and I mean that in an extremely positive way. This guy can play either side of the ball and be a stud anyone he plays.
Most people are going to look at him and think offense, just because he's explosive, he's dangerous with the ball in his hands, he can go up and get big passes. But I just think as a ball-hawking free safety, that guy would just be a freak.