April 7, 2009

Four-star linebacker ends his recruitment

For four-star outside linebacker Gideon Ajagbe, the college recruiting process looks to be over. In a way it had been over the day he got an offer from his school of choice but after recently receiving his qualifying test scores, Ajagbe decided to make things official.

"I committed to Florida," Ajagbe said on Tuesday afternoon. "I already told Coach Meyer. He was ecstatic. He was really happy."

Ajagbe had several schools that he was seriously considering and had previously listed North Carolina, Ohio State, Wake Forest and USC in his top five along with the Gators but after taking a close look at all of his options, the choice was easy for him.

"I was talking to my parents and talking to my coaches saying I've been weighing all my colleges and saying no matter what college I go to - Ohio State, Wake, UNC, Florida - any of these schools, I have to compete no matter where I go. I'll probably be 3rd or 4th string as a freshman so no matter where I go I'll have to work so why not go where I love the most?"

When it comes down to it, Ajagbe has a passion for the Florida program and is a fan of the Gators and the chance to play for his "dream school" was more than he was willing to pass up. With that passion, there was no longer any reason to wait.

"It came down to everything with the school and how I felt and how deeply I feel about the Florida Gators," he said. "I sat down and looked at every school that was recruiting me and they all had good academics, they all were on the rise, they all could make an impact in their league and with a national championship but the thing about Florida is I love school. I want to go there. I'm a fan. I'm a fan no matter what. It's a dream school."

Ajagbe is a bit of a dream come true for the Florida coaching staff as well. At 6-foot-2 and around 200 pounds, Ajagbe has phenomenal athleticism and runs extremely well. His upside is off the charts and allows for him to play a number of positions. The Florida coaches talked to him about where they see him fitting in.

"They said they want to mold me into a linebacker," he said. "They said the first day I step on field they're going to bulk me up immediately. I'm at about 200 or 205 right now. They want to get me up to 230 or 235 when I step on campus."

With his decision behind him, Ajagbe is now focusing in on getting himself better and getting himself in a college football mindset.

"It's just another step," he said. "I can take an even bigger step now. I have my senior season to go. I've made my decision to go to college so I have to start acting like I'm in college. I have to take a bigger step and be a leader on my team and continue to work hard.

"I'm ready to have a great summer and a great season and we'll continue to build."




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