Illinois defender has Cats in top-three

Arizona football has not been able to go to the Midwest for football recruits with much success. While Lute Olson has been able to go into Illinois and pull out some of the best that state has to offer, this is uncharted territory for the Arizona football program. They have yet to pull a commitment from the area, but they made great strides this past weekend.

Arizona has hired assistant coaches with extensive ties to the Midwest and it is finally paying off. Illinois defensive back Kwame Agyeman is seriously considering Arizona after a weekend visit.

You'd be hard pressed to find many recruits who are more articulate than Agyeman, so it came as no surprise to learn that the he was most impressed with the academics at Arizona.

"It went awesome," Agyeman said of the visit. "The first thing that impressed me was the academics. Before the visit I didn't think they're academics were as standout as they are. I want to study business and they have a really highly rated business school."

While academics were certainly his top interest, football was not far behind. Agyeman came away very impressed with the football program.

"They have some great facilities," Agyeman noted. "Coach Stoops and the staff he has assembled are all first rate, as are the strength coaches who have come from Oklahoma." The attitude of the coaches and their enthusiasm have obviously rubbed off on the 5-11 safety.

"They are ready to win right now," Agyeman said of the Arizona staff. "They won't need two or three years to be competitive. They will be ready to play for a conference championship very soon. I expect them to be contending for the Pac-10 as soon as next year."

Agyeman appears to be a very versatile safety who is equally effective against the run or the pass. He is big and tough enough to play strong safety, but may actually be quick enough to become a cornerback. Although he is very good at pass coverage, playing in the box seems to be a huge strength.

"I'm a drop down strong safety," Agyeman explained. "I line up a lot close to the line of scrimmage. My team ran a lot of safety blitzes. Most of the coaches say that I'm a great hitter and one of the most aggressive players they have seen in the recruiting process."

Right now he is down to Oregon, Arizona and Indiana. He does not plan on making any more visits and is planning on making an announcement on January 30th. He has not completely ruled out taking more visits, but he does say a visit would have to "serve a purpose" and make a huge impression on him to make him change his mind.

All three schools have a lot to offer and he feels that it will be a very tough decision.

"All three have solid academics and good business schools," Agyeman confessed. "I am comfortable with all three and I think I can be happy at any of them. It will come down to the wire and I'm just trying to find the best of the best."

Playing time does not seem to be a huge concern to Agyeman.

"All three places say I can play right away," he said. "I want to come in and make an impact and challenge the players who are already there. There has been no mention of a redshirt, so I plan to come into camp and make a splash."

He may be confident, but Agyeman is also very practical. He knows he has talent, but he also knows that nothing comes easy to a true freshman.

"I have to improve every part of my game," Agyeman said. "I can't get complacent just because I was a good high school player. There is a big difference between high school and college."

It was interesting when asked how his season went. Agyeman immediately talked about his team record and had to be asked again how he performed individually. For the record his Lake Park team was 10-3 and made it to the regional semi-finals. He had 97 tackles, two interceptions, 12 pass break-ups, six blocked punts and four fumble recoveries.

Agyeman also played running back on offense and had 12 scores and over 900 yards of total offense despite the fact that he "didn't play offense full time."

Like the other players who visited this past weekend, Agyeman feels that the whole weekend went very well. Although he did not pull the trigger, he did enjoy the whole weekend.

"They were good guys, quality guys," Agyeman said of his fellow recruits. "They were cool guys, actually they were all real cool, coaches, recruits and players. They will be pretty successful."

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