Breaking: Agim Commits to Arkansas

Arkansas gets a huge commit right before its season opener when Hope five-star defensive end McTelvin Agim (6-3, 270) pledges to the Razorbacks over Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Baylor and numerous others.

McTelvin Agim, ESPN's number nine player in the nation overall, is going to be a Razorback. 

Agim (6-3, 270), Hope’s five-star defensive end, announced Saturday that he had chose Arkansas over the rest of a final four that included Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Baylor and some 20 other offers.
He made the announcement during a family reunion and just minutes before Arkansas opened its 2015 season with UTEP in Fayetteville.
“I felt it was the best place for me as an individual and a man,” Agim said. “I’m cool with the coaching staff. They made me feel like home there. I believe in Coach Bielema and I believe in what he is doing.”
 Agim, who is Arkansas’ 14th commit of the 2016 class, announced the decision in front of the house of Charlie B. McGraw, his beloved grandmother who passed away four years ago.

“She was really my everything and when she passed away it kind of hurt me because she was really the one that was there,” Agim said. “It was kind of hard, but you have to bounce back from everything.”

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Agim, whose nickname is Sosa, is coming off a junior season in which he had 72 tackles, 22 sacks, 12 passes batted down, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries for Hope head coach Jay Turley.

He also had offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU and many others, but will now be playing against them.

“He’s really good already, but he is just scratching the surface of his potential right now,” Turley said. “He’s already a freak in high school, but he is on his way to being a freak in college and certainly has a chance to be a big-time NFL player down the line.”

Agim, the ninth-best player overall in the country per ESPN.com, is on pace to be a mid-term graduate and would be able to go through spring practice with the Razorbacks. 

“He will already have 13 hours of college credit by the time he enrolls in college,” Turley said. “That means that by the summer he will already be a sophomore before he plays his first college football game.

“He has a plan to graduate in three years with a college degrees and head onto the NFL and he has certainly put himself in position to do that.

“McTelvin has a plan on the football field and in life. He is a young man that is just very well-rounded and mature."Agim hopes to bring along some other top recruits to Arkansas, but won’t be pushy about it.

“They have to believe in Coach B,” Agim said. “Me committing doesn’t mean everybody is just going to follow. They have to feel at home. I don’t want anyone that doesn’t feel like its their home to come in because it won’t work out.”

Turley was pleased with the player’s decision.

“I think it is a great decision,” Turley said. “I think he really likes what Coach Bielema has done as far as strengthening the offensive and defensive lines. He feels like going against one of the best lines in the country every day will only make him a better defensive player.”

Scout.com’s Chad Simmons breaks down Agim’s stregnths after watching him at The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon.
“Agim looked impressive on the hoof at close to 6-foot-3 and 267 pounds in Oregon,” Simmons said. “He has long arms and he has a great frame, so he looked even bigger than that.  Agim looked big and he played big.
“He showed a nice rip move during the one-on-one sessions and he showed a very good initial burst off the ball as well. He is a strongside end who will be able to set the edge as well as rush the passer.
“The Arkansas native had a lot of success on the big stage. He is a little quicker than most expect and he is very strong with his hands. He was tough for the offensive linemen to move.”
McTelvin Agim after committing to Arkansas
McTelvin Agim

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