On Monday Federal Way (Wa.) Todd Beamer four-star offensive tackle Malik Agbo tweeted out a top-five consisting of Arizona State, Florida, LSU, Miami and Oklahoma.
— Malik Agbo👾 (@malik_agbo) July 12, 2021
It wasn't exactly shocking for Florida to make his top 12 back in April, but to survive the cut to five, considering he has never been on campus, was a bit of an eye-opener.
How is it that the Gators are a finalist?
“Florida made the list because what Coach [John] Hevesy and Coach [Dan] Mullen are putting together in Gainesville is something special,” said Agbo. “Their message to me is that I’m not only wanted there at the University of Florida but I’m needed as well to help this great football team. I feel like I could succeed early in my career there and build as a player on and off the field.”
To this point, Agbo said he hasn't communicated with any Florida players or prospects but expects that to change.
“I’m mostly in contact with Coach Mullen, and Coach Hevesy for right now, but I’m pretty sure when I get down to Gainesville for an official visit I’ll get to know a lot more faces.”
The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder took June official visits to Miami and Oklahoma and has plans to see his other three finalists for games this fall.
“I plan on taking my last three official visits to Arizona State, Florida, and LSU in the fall,” said Agbo. “But there are no dates set in stone yet.”
According to Agbo, he won't be ready to name an overall leader until he sees all five campuses in person.
“No nobody stands out from the rest,” replied Agbo when asked if perhaps one or two schools were ahead of the others. “I’m making my decision after I take all my visits because I feel like I will have a better understanding about all of the schools then. What’s going to make me commit to a school is, if it is the right place for me to succeed on and off the field.”
The Inside Scoop: Florida's offensive line board isn't exactly stacked as it is, but I'm still not convinced that he is that high up it considering UF didn't press to get him on campus in June. I would assume they want to bring him in later in order to see how everything plays out.