South Lake junior kicker Roberto Aguayo always felt an attraction to FSU’s football tradition. Now, he is going to become a part of it.
Aguayo, 16, a junior for the Eagles committed to the Seminoles football program Monday morning during a phone conversation with FSU coach Jimbo Fisher. Aguayo, who already had been to FSU’s campus twice before, returned to the campus on Saturday for “Junior Day.”
“I like the tradition they have,” Aguayo said. “The people there seem like they are more involved in the games than at some of the other schools I have been to. Everybody was more like a family up there.”
Among other schools recruiting Aguayo were Florida, Georgia and LSU.
Aguayo, who was the No. 1 ranked junior kicker in the nation entering this season according to Kohl’s Kicking Camps, was 8-of-10 on field goal attempts for South Lake this past season, with a long field goal of 48 yards. During his sophomore season, Aguayo kicked two 51-yard field goals in the same game, vs. Ocoee. He also averaged 38 yards a punt this season.
For South Lake, a school that has fed several players to the University of Florida in recent years, including star running back Jeff Demps, Aguayo is the second Eagle to commit to FSU in the past year. He will eventually join defensive back Nick Waisome, who is a spring enrollee with the Seminoles.
“I guess it is a changing of the guard,” South Lake coach Walter Banks said.
Fisher called South Lake about 11 a.m. Monday and offered Aguayo the opportunity to become a Seminole.
“I just like the university and all the prestige it has,” Aguayo said. “I have always liked FSU. I am happy with my decision to go to FSU. I don’t have any second thoughts. That is where I wanted to go. I talked to my parents. I felt like I fit in perfect. I just fell in love with the place.”