Five-star athlete Nelson Agholor from Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep recently hit the road to visit the Lone Star State and check out a pair of schools. His first stop was to Texas Christian to learn more about the Horned Frogs.
"TCU was a good experience," Agholor said. "It was a trip that I was looking forward to. I enjoyed TCU a lot and liked them a lot last season with how they had success. Just visiting there and looking at those guys, you see that they are a lot of hard-working guys. That is how they accomplish what they accomplish."
Gary Patterson's club will officially join the Big East as of July 1, 2012. That was a topic of conversation during Agholor's visit.
"What that does for them is it increases the media attention they will get and their publicity," Agholor said. "They are a really good team who has a lack of respect because of who they play or what conference they are in, but now they are going to a conference like the Big East where they will travel around into some big markets where they will be seen."
Upon leaving Fort Worth, Agholor made his way to Austin to visit the Texas Longhorns.
"It went really well," Agholor said. "I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but even with high expectations, it was really a great feel."
While on campus with the four-time National Champions, Agholor had an opportunity to speak at length with his primary recruiter, meet numerous members of the Longhorns staff, and learn about where he would line up at if he were to don the burnt orange.
"Coach (Duane) Akina, the defensive backs coach, he is my recruiter from there and the first coach to show an interest in wanting me there, so he wants me as a defensive back, but when I got down there and met a lot of the staff they made it clear to me that they think I am special and can play many positions," Agholor said. "If I choose them as my school, then I can decide my position from there."
The visit was capped with an opportunity to speak one-on-one with head coach Mack Brown.
"It was a nice opportunity," Agholor said. "Really nice."
Prior to visiting TCU and Texas, Agholor had been on the campuses of Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, South Florida, Southern Cal, and UCLA for visits. He is hoping to expand upon that list as well as return to some of those campuses this summer but due to travel basketball and other obligations he doesn't have a clear schedule of visits at this point outside of one jaunt to the West Coast.
"I have an idea of where I want to go but when opportunities show themselves then I am going to do it," Agholor said. "I am going to make the same trip to USC (that I did last summer)."
With an extensive offer list to select from, Agholor isn't ready to name a narrowed down field of options at this point. He said he is taking a lot of notes on each and every school in the picture so he can eventually make a well-informed decision.
"To this point, I don't think I have the right to eliminate any universities," Agholor said. "I am not just the one trying to pick a school, they are trying to land a player. Everybody has to make moves in this deal so how they recruit players, who they recruit, and how they recruit me, that all plays a factor."
"They have all done a great job," Agholor added. "Nobody leads at this point."
As a junior, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete played cornerback, safety, running back, and wide receiver. He amassed 1,440 offensive yards, three interceptions and 323 return yards.