September 7, 2008

Ajagbe said trip to UF was amazing

One of the hardest things for Gideon
Ajagbe, especially after being on the sidelines for the Florida-Miami game, is to wait. Florida is his No. 1 school right now and the Gators have offered but the 2010 standout from Ransom Everglades wants to be deliberative, take some visits and then make the right decision.

It's so hard to be patient, though.

"It was amazing," said Ajagbe, one of the top performers this summer at Friday Night Lights. "The recruiting, the whole reception and I sat down and talked with Ian Silberman. I talked to Trey Burton. It was a nice experience getting to know the other players. The game was exciting. I knew it was going to be a hard-hitting game. I knew it was going to be live. It was a good game but I knew Florida was going to pull it out in the end. I knew Florida was going to win the whole time. My dad liked it. It was just amazing.

"(Silberman and Burton, 2010 Florida commits) wanted to know if I had an offer and they know now that I do. They were asking me if I like Florida. I told them I do like Florida and they're high on my list but I have to take my visits and see what's going on. Florida is No. 1 on my list as of now. It was a good experience. At the end, we went into the locker room and coach (Vance) Bedford met my dad. That was the best part of it."

Ajagbe, who wore a Florida Gators hat to the game, is a 6-foot-2, 197-pound prospect who plays free safety and running back. His team is 2-0 and he rushed for about 100 yards and had a touchdown in a 28-14 victory over Coral Shores on Friday.

Last weekend, Ajagbe accounted for 202 all-purpose yards and two scores in a 13-10 win over Dade Christian. Florida State, Iowa, Florida International and Central Florida are some other schools involved and it's expected he will become more of a national recruit as his junior year progresses. The Gators currently sit atop his list.

"That was the most important part of the whole trip, my dad coming up and seeing Gainesville," Ajagbe said. "He liked it a lot. It was good and coach Bedford introduced himself and wanted to show my dad he really cared and wants me to go to Florida.

"The atmosphere was ridiculous. There was a lot of noise. The guy next to me put ear plugs in. It was fun. I'd love to be part of something like that but I have to wait and take some visits.

"Florida is great and it's amazing and it draws you in immediately but if it's not the best thing for me then I'd be miserable. I have to wait and see where everything takes me. It's hard being patient. The way it looks, after the game, you just want to be like, 'I want to go there.' I have to wait. I have to take my visits and do the process and then make my decision. Hopefully, it's the University of Florida."

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