Hope High’s season has not started the way McTelvin Agim had hoped it would.
The Bobcats are 2-2 through four weeks of their 2014 campaign, with blowout losses to Nashville and Prescott. Agim credits the slow start to his team’s youth, as Hope has only three returning starters on defense.
“We have not been good enough,” Agim said. “We’re young and we’re trying to build team chemistry, but it’s hard to do that.”
Agim is coming off of a sophomore season in which he made 77 tackles, including 32 tackles for loss and 16 tackles, recovered four fumbles, blocked six punts and earned All-State honors.
He worked hard over the offseason to improve his on-field performance, but he said he has also worked on his leadership skills, which are needed to aid the newcomers on the defense.
“I feel like I’ve gotten stronger, faster and smarter,” Agim said. “I’ve improved in every aspect, including as a team motivator. It’s a learning process.”
The four-star defensive end has an offer from Arkansas, as well as nine other schools, including Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Stanford.
He is rated as the No. 13 defensive end in the country for the Class of 2016.
His latest offer came from Washington State, but he believes Mississippi State is close to offering. Florida State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas are a few other schools Agim said were also showing interest.
Agim has not had a chance to come to Fayetteville for a game this season, but he said he would definitely make it to at least one game later in the year. While he hasn’t seen them in action, he has been impressed with the way the Razorbacks have played.
“I’ve seen a lot of improvement,” Agim said. “I’ve seen more than I thought I would see. In the two games they lost, they just couldn’t finish. They had A&M on the ropes.”
The Bobcats return to action Friday with a home game against Hot Springs. In the game, Agim will be playing as the weak-side defensive end.
“(Hot Springs) tries to triple team the weak side,” Agim said. “It’s going to make me better. I need to focus on outside contain. I feel like I can do it. It’s a big opportunity for me.”
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