Agim Enjoys Sports Odyssey in Fayetteville

Hope (Ark.) four-star defensive end McTelvin Agim visited Arkansas Saturday, along with several other recruits.

McTelvin Agim enjoyed a wide array of sports when he visited Fayetteville Saturday.

The four-star defensive end from Hope (Ark.) went to his first Arkansas basketball and baseball games, as well as doing the usual talks with football coaches that happen on visits.
br> “Wherever I go, I want to be involved in the other sports,” Agim said. “I think every team should be a part of every sport.”

His first stop was Bud Walton Arena, where he watched the first half of Arkansas’ 81-78 loss to LSU. While there, UA students started chanting his nickname, “Sosa."

“They were cheering for me,” Agim said. “They chanted it when I first came in and when it was halftime and we were about to leave. That was crazy. It blew my mind.”

He then headed over to Baum Stadium, where he watched the Razorbacks clinch the Loyola Marymount series with a 13-7 win.

The visit also gave him an opportunity to talk to all of Arkansas’ football coaches, as well as several recruits. He was particularly impressed with Arkansas signee Willie Sykes, who was on his official visit.

“I’m a fan of Willie Sykes because he’s an old school get-you-out-of-the-game safety,” Agim said. “He comes downhill at you. I like how he plays.”

At Hope High, Agim also runs the 100- and 200-meter dash in track, despite weighing 261 pounds. (He throws the shot put and discuss, too.)

The Bobcats’ first track meet was cancelled because of the recent winter weather that has hammered Arkansas, but he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds Friday, which was faster than his 4.62 after Christmas break.

In the weight room, Agim is continuing his quest to break Arkansas defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson’s state high school record in the power clean. Jackson repped 360 pounds at El Dorado and Agim bumped his max up to 335 pounds last week.

Not only does he have a ways to go before catching Jackson, but Agim has other competition in his age group. Fellow 2016 prospect Austin Capps recently power cleaned 365 pounds.

Capps, a four-star defensive tackle from Star City that committed to Arkansas Monday, also bench presses (390 pounds) and squats (585 pounds) more than Agim (345 and 530 pounds, respectively).

As defensive linemen about two hours apart, Agim and Capps have crossed paths on the recruiting trail, most recently at LSU, and developed a small rivalry with weight room maxes.

“It’ll be tough getting up there, but I’m trying to catch up with him,” Agim said. “I’m glad for him, though. That’s my boy.”

The pair will go head-to-head at the state weightlifting championships in April, where the weight records become official.



McTelvin Agim at Baum Stadium (photo from KNWA's Razorback Nation Twitter account)

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