Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep athlete Nelson Agholor made his way to Gainesville this past Saturday for the Gator's game against Vanderbilt. The five-star prospect says the visit wasn't so much about his recruitment by Will Muschamp and his staff, but instead the recruitment of a teammate and friend.
"Last week's trip was mainly for my teammate, (linebacker) Schyler Miles," Agholor said. "He has recently been getting recruited by Florida, but they haven't offered yet. He is a good friend of mine and I figured I would give him the respect of accompanying him as he visited there. It was a chance for him to visit the school. I was there more as a guest than as a recruit myself, that is the best way I can put it."
In addition to Florida, Notre Dame has also recently expressed interest in Miles. The Gators and Irish are both major suitors for Agholor's services. Their recent attention on the talented inside linebacker has led to speculation that they are eyeing a package deal. Agholor lends no credence to those that are working with that theory.
"There is no such thing as package deals," Agholor said. "He is a great friend of mine. If we have the opportunity to play with each other and it is the right situation for each of us, individually, then that is great, but everything would have to align itself right. The school would have to be the right fit for me and the right fit for him, then that would be great if that happened. But it isn't about one person swaying the other one. Our decisions are going to be our own and for the best for each of us individually.
"I don't want any schools using him as a means of trying to get me or thinking that in any way," Agholor added. "Schy's ability speaks for itself. He holds a number of very good offers already and he earned those with his abilities. He is a great player who has a lot of offers based off of his talent. He is going to do great wherever he ends up at, because that is the kind of person and player that he is."
Even though the focus was on Miles, Agholor still drew attention from the Florida staff while on campus.
"I got to speak to the coaches and they were as generous with me as they have always been in my recruitment process," Agholor said. "I was very happy with the way it went there. They spoke with me as a familiar face and a young man that they are recruiting. As I get accustomed with going to different places, I want to reach a certain comfort level with the coaches and people around the programs and I felt that at Florida."
As for the game itself, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete enjoyed the 26-21 victory for Florida over Vanderbilt.
"It was a very competitive SEC game," Agholor said. "They found a way to get a victory.
"I thought the trip went well," Agholor added.
Berkeley Prep wraps up their regular season on Friday night, with hopes of finishing 10-0, and will then turn their attention to the playoffs with an opening round battle against Frostproof. For Agholor, his focus is solely on the field until his high school football career concludes. After that point, he will again turn the focus on his recruitment.
"When this all wraps up recruiting is going to heat up," Agholor said. "It is going to be an interesting process."
At this stage of the process, Agholor claims no leader and hasn't shared a list of favorites, even though he has indicated that colleges recruiting him know of whether or not they have made his whittled list.