July 13, 2010
Texas DB out to prove he's healthy
After an impressive sophomore season, Eric Agbaroji found himself on the radar screens of some of the top programs in the region. However, an injury during the 2009 season put a damper on Agbaroji's meteoric rise and slowed him to a less than elite level. Now rehabbed and ready to prove his talent on the field, Agbaroji knows it's time to show the world what he's known all along. PurpleMenace.com caught up with the talented defender to get his thoughts on the recruiting process and the upcoming season.
"It's been going good but I'm really just chillin' right now with recruiting" he said. "I'm just working on getting better for the season because everyone wants to wait and see how I do."
With Boise St. standing as the only team to extend an offer, it's clear what's at stake for the fierce defender. Play well and watch the scholarship offers roll in. Show that your not fully recovered from the injury and many questions will remain.
At 6'1" and 180 pounds, Agbaroji has a projectable frame. When healthy, he has the skills of a lock down corner but a few schools have even floated the idea of playing safety to the Midlothian product. Either way, he's just ready to get on the field and prove he's at 100%.
"I feel the best I've felt during my high school career" said Agbaroji. "I'm faster, stronger and more physical than I've ever been. I'm going to be a much harder DB to go against than last year because my physical attributes are better than they have ever been. My goal is to be one of the top defensive backs in the nation."
With heavy interest from Arizona, Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma State and OU, there's obviously a lot on the line for the big defensive back.
One school(TCU), that sits in his own back yard, has built their reputation on a smothering defense. Agbaroji acknowledges they're allure but says he's not hearing as much from the home town team as he would like.
"I would be interested but I haven't heard from them(TCU) in a while" he said. "I was talking to coach Jennings but I'm not sure they're interested any more because I haven't talked to him in a long time."
When asked to describe himself as a player, Agbaroji didn't hesitate. You see, the really good defensive backs know they're good. They like to tell you that you won't get past them and there's now way yor going to score on them.
"I want to be an all-state corner this year" he said. "I'm not going to let anybody score on me. Nobody scored on me my sophomore year but last year I wasn't fast enough, with my injury, to slow people down. This year I'm going to be a lock down corner and nobody's going to get by me to score."
"I'm a physical corner that can break on routes and I can turn and run with anybody. I locked down Ladarius Brown from Waxahachie in 7 on 7. He didn't catch a single pass on me."
While it's clear that Agbaroji thinks he's back to full strength, the true test still lies ahead. If he is in fact back to 100%, the sky is the limit for this young man.
Will he step up in 2010 and become the lockdown corner he and many others believe he can be? We will find out soon enough. As ready as he seems to be, it must feel like the whole world is watching.
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