Nelson Agholor, Berkeley Preps two-way standout is one of the top 2012 prospects in the country. The 6'1, 175 pound athlete is also one of the more versatile players, lining up at running back, wide receiver, safety, and as a return man.
"I play a little of everything, running back, receiver, safety, and return kicks and punts," said Agholor. "I don't leave the field that much, and do whatever the team needs me to do."
Agholor played as a freshman recording a couple of TDs and 2 interceptions, while showing his punt return skills with a long of 72 yards. As a sophomore he burst onto the scene on all sides of the ball, with more than 1,700 total yards. On offense he had 970 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns, with 239 yards receiving and 3 scores. On defense he registered 5 interceptions, 7 passes defended and 31 tackles. He also had over 500 yards as both a punt/kick returner and had a 99-yard return for a score.
"I've been giving an opportunity under Coach Ciao, that's why I'm doing so well," said Agholor. "I have a desire for learning and think I'm a good student of the game. I watch a lot of film of my opponents and guys that I'm going against."
This spring Agholor continued to impress and during Berkley's spring game against Highland he had 176 yards of offense with 138 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns, one being a 72 yard scamper. College programs across the country have taking notice.
Agholor is one of the more versatile players for 2012, and what position he'll play at the next level is far from certain.
"There is no preferred position for me, and schools are telling me I'll have the opportunity to work out at a lot of positions," said Nelson. "The more positions I know, the better opportunity I have to get on the field. Which is fine because I don't have a preference, I just like to play."
The talented prospect has also been busy taking trips to check out campuses this summer, with trips out west to see USC and UCLA, and most recently to see to a couple of in-state programs that have offered him.
"Besides going out to Southern Cal, I've just went to Gainesville, and to see the neighborhood school USF," said Agholor. "I went with a couple of guys from Tampa and had a good time."
Agholor was born in Nigeria, but has lived in Tampa since the age of four, and talked more about his visit to check out the home town Bulls."
"It was a real good visit, they're the hometown school. I have a lot of connections there and know the program well," said Nelson. "Everything was real nice and they treated me real well over there."
"I didn't take a tour of the campus because I grew up around here and have seen USF many times, but did tour the facilities," said Agholor. "They have a real nice weight room, nice locker rooms, and they doing a lot of remodeling of everything, and it should look real nice when they're done."
Since his position isn't set, Nelson spoke with wide receiver Coach McGeoghan defensive back Coach Rick Smith.
"Coach Smith is my recruiter, I don't know him that well, but he seems wise and that he knows the game," said Agholor. "Coach McGeoghan is a real good guy, and seems like he has a lot of knowledge of the game and knows the receiver position. Just talking to him one-on one about their playbook and pass sets was real good."
During the visit Nelson also got to meet with the Bulls new Head Coach Skip Holtz.
"Coach Holtz seems like a real good guy," said Agholor. "He's the son of Lou Holtz, so you know he has a good football background and will probably end up being as good of a coach as his father. I didn't keep up with him at East Carolina, but I'll keep up with him now that he's at USF. He just told me that I'm a kid that fits in well with their program and what they're trying to do."
Being a Tampa kid, Nelson says he has connections to USF coaches and player's both football and basketball wise.
"I know a couple of the staff member's real well," said Agholor. "Marquel Blackwell is behind the scene a bit, but I know him from when he coached my brother in high school. The DB assistant Coach (Glen Davis) also coached my brother."
"The freshman that came in this year Terrence Mitchell I know him well, and Jordan Duval who is a walk-on tight end I know," said Agholor. "I also met a lot of players there, like B.J. Daniels and a few other guys I know by their face."
"On the basketball team I know Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, and Coach Heath's son Jordan is a good friend of mine."
Nelson is also a standout basketball player for Berkeley Prep, and playing both sports in college is something he's thought about somewhat.
"Only one school has said that I'll be able to play both sports, and that's USF," said Agholor. "I think about playing both, but not too much. I think I have a brighter future in football."
It's very early in the recruiting process for the 2012 prospect, but are any schools sticking out to him at this time
"No not really, not yet," said Agholor. "I like all the schools that are recruiting me and I just hope it continues to go well."
With fall camp about to start up Agholor says he's most likely done with visits and will relax for a bit before he rejoins his team to prep for the upcoming season.
"I'm probably going to take it easy for the rest of the summer and then start gearing up for practice and the start of the season."