Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Berkeley Prep's Agholor waits for chance to shine in Under Armour All-America game

ORLANDO — When practice began Sunday for this week's Under Armour All-America Game, Berkeley Prep athlete Nelson Agholor watched from the sidelines in sweatpants.

The five-star athlete is recovering from a right shoulder injury sustained in the Buccaneers' Class 3A state semifinal loss to Delray Beach American Heritage. He said he's day to day, and his status is uncertain for Thursday's game at Tropicana Field.

"I'm hoping one morning I just wake up and I'm ready to go," Agholor said after watching the three-hour practice at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Rivals.com ranks Agholor as the nation's No. 12 prospect, and he's one of the top uncommitted recruits after racking up 34 touchdowns in his senior season.

Agholor said he followed last week's Florida State-Notre Dame matchup in the Champs Sports Bowl carefully and that he's considering both programs. He said he liked how the Irish got the ball to WR Michael Floyd — a demonstration of how Notre Dame might use the 6-foot-2 Agholor.

For FSU, Agholor saw a strong game from QB EJ Manuel and an offensive line that "grew up really fast" with four freshmen.

Agholor has visited the Irish, Oklahoma and Florida. He said he has no concerns with the Gators' search for an offensive coordinator after Charlie Weis left to become coach at Kansas.

TEAMMATE HITS: Seminoles commit Jameis Winston was roughed up in scrimmages by two Team Blur teammates and fellow FSU recruits.

Winston, a 6-3 Alabama native and the country's top-rated QB, was knocked to the ground by Lakewood DE Dante Fowler Jr. A few plays later, Mario Edwards blew by a lineman and tagged Winston playfully.

"I'm glad those guys are on my team," Winston said.

UF booming kicker: Austin Hardin showed why he's a Florida commit and Rivals' No. 10 kicking recruit. He boomed 50-yard field goals over a fence despite a first-time holder.

Hardin blasted a 57-yarder at a recent all-star game in his home state of Georgia.

"I'm hoping they let me try a long one in the game," Hardin said. "I want to kick one that big on national television."

No trash talk: Don't expect much jawing from the six UF commits toward Noah Spence, an Ohio State-bound defensive end, heading into today's Gator Bowl between the Gators and Buckeyes.

"No, no," said WR Latroy Pittman, a UF commitment from Citra North Marion. "We leave that to the college players."

Famous DADs: Orlando Dr. Phillips WR Trey Griffey made a leaping, 35-yard grab during Team Blur's scrimmage. His father, former MLB superstar Ken Griffey Jr., watched.

Griffey, a three-star recruit, is one of several participants with famous fathers. Athlete Deion Sanders Jr. is the son of the Hall of Fame cornerback, and Oklahoma WR commit Sterling Shepherd's father was an NFL receiver.

. fast facts

Under Armour All-America Game

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Tropicana Field

TV: ESPN

Tickets: Start at $18. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-745-3000 or visit football.uaallamerica.com.

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