Of the weekends this fall, Sundays have been the best for Hope junior defensive end McTelvin Agim.
As an unabashed Dallas Cowboys fan, Agim (6-3, 255) has been thrilled with the way the so-called American’s team has jumped out to a 6-1 mark – the best in the NFL.
“I love my Cowboys, gotta watch them each week,” Agim said. “Really like the way they have been playing.”
His Hope squad is just 2-5 so far on Fridays this season and Arkansas – the college team he most closely follows on Saturday - was 3-4 at press time.
Agim, who has 10 offers already, got his first look up close and personal at the Razorbacks in their 45-32 loss to Georgia at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 18.
“I think the Razorbacks have really improved from last season and I think everybody – the coaches, the players and the fans – really felt like they were going to break though, play a full four quarters and get that big win they have been wanting and needing.”
Arkansas suffered many miscues in the second quarter that allowed Georgia to turn a 7-6 lead into a 38-6 halftime advantage.
“Everything that could go wrong for them did,” “Agim said. “It was amazing. The fans, and players and coaches were all upset. But the Razorbacks did get it back together after halftime and played much better the second half – like they had been doing in the first half of most of the other games.”
Arkansas coaches are trying to load up on in-state talent in the 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes.
The Razorbacks have commitments from the top 8 players in state in the 2015 class per Hawgs Illustrated’s pre-season rankings and also have offers out to Nashville wide receiver LaMichael Pettway (6-4, 200) and Fayetteville safety-OLB Dre Greenlaw (6-1, 220).
“You can see they are already got eight of them and are probably going to get all 10 of them,” Agim said. “Pettway is just up the road here in Nashville and we’ve talked and he is down to Arkansas and Ole Miss and I think he is going to end up going with the other guys to Arkansas.
“They are all talking about the in-state guys leading the turnaround and how special that would make it,” Agim added.
Agim was actually born in Texas, but moved to Arkansas before the ninth grade.
He is one of three 2016 guys in-state that Arkansas has already offered along with Star City defensive lineman Austin Caps (6-3, 303) and Smackover wide receiver Jordan Jones (6-3, 170), who committed to Arkansas immediately upon his offer last summer.
“I may not be an Arkansas guy by birth, but these guys are telling me that I am one now and I need to be a part of what is going to happen for the Razorbacks,” Agim said. “I really do like their coaches at Arkansas and we talk all the time.”
Hope is suffering through a season with a lot of youth on its football team and Agim is getting plenty of attention.
“Since our record is no one wants it to be, that means that I have not played well enough,” Agim said. “I am getting double- and triple-teamed, but I have got to get fighting and making plays.
“I think we only have three starters on defense back and we only have like eight or so seniors on the whole team,” Agim added. “It’s been tough, but we just have to keep pushing through it.”
Agaim’s 10 offers include ones from Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Stanford and Washington State and he is also getting interest from Florida State, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and Texas.
“I feel very honored that all these schools are paying attention to me,” Agim said. “It makes me want to work even harder to prove them right."
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