Hope (Ark.) four-star defensive end McTelvin Agim (6-3, 261) is the top recruit in the state of Arkansas and the Razorbacks have made sure they are on the top of his mind.
Every weekend they have legally been allowed to, Arkansas coaches have visited Agim in Hope and called him on National Signing Day.
“It means a lot because I understand they really want me and know I could play a big part in their scheme,” Agim said.
Head coach Bret Bielema, defensive line coach Rory Segrest, tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. and defensive coordinator Robb Smith have stopped by to see the country’s No. 12 defensive end.
However, Arkansas hasn’t been the only school knocking on Agim’s door.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban, Baylor head coach Art Briles and TCU head coach Gary Patterson have visited him at Hope High School, as well as representatives from Auburn, Oklahoma and Ole Miss.
In January, Agim traveled to Waco, Texas, for an unofficial visit to Baylor.
“It was real nice,” Agim said. “There are a lot of good people there. It was a good environment.”
Nothing is set in stone yet, but he said he would like to take some more visits when he has time.
“Right now, I really have to plan around the ACT,” Agim said. “I’m taking three back-to-back-to-back. One is this weekend and the others are in March and April. Then one weekend I have to get my wisdom teeth out.”
He will also attend several camps this season, including the Rivals 100 and Nike Opening regionals.
When he isn’t taking visits or attending camps, Agim will be participating in track for Hope, where he throws the shot put and discus, as well as runs the 100- and 200-meter dash.
Agim admits that the sight of a 261-pound defensive end running the 100-meter dash may surprise his opponents.
“I think they probably think I’m slow,” Agim said. “It’ll be my first time running the (100-meter dash) competitively since middle school.”
He also spends a lot of time in the weight room, where he recently power cleaned 325 pounds. Agim accomplished the weight when maxing out and did two reps.
The state record in the power clean is 360 pounds and held by current Arkansas defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson. Agim has made it clear that he wants to break that record.
“I really want the record,” Agim said. “It would mean a lot. I weigh more than him, so it would show that I’m more explosive.”
When it comes time to make a decision, Agim will be able to choose from a list that already includes 11 schools, including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Oklahoma, Stanford and TCU.
The fact that Stanford doesn’t accept early enrollees could influence Agim’s timetable for making a college choice.
“I might make a decision in December, but Stanford doesn’t allow early signees,” Agim said. “There’s a big possibility I’ll leave in December, but maybe a little later.”