While most fans were still trying to fathom Arkansas’ loss to Toledo Saturday, McTelvin Agim was busy.
The four-star defensive end from Hope (Ark.) – and the Razorbacks’ most recent commitment for the class of 2016 – immediately called his fellow commits.
He wanted them to know that it was just one loss and that they can help Arkansas in the future.
“I was trying to make sure they had high spirits and let them know that everything is going to be good,” Agim said, about the phone calls. “I was like, ‘We’re going to help change it. They’re probably missing some things and we can help fill those gaps.’”
Agim said he received “positive vibes” from his future teammates and that they were all still on board to sign with the Razorbacks.
While the 16-12 upset loss has put a damper on it some, Agim is still enjoying his time as an Arkansas commit, which he became before the UTEP game Sept. 5. Ending the recruiting process, he said, has relieved a lot of stress.
Now he is able to focus on his high school season, where he is becoming a versatile player.
On top of playing defensive end, Agim has also been playing quarterback in Wildcat packages for Hope. Last week, he ran for 89 yards on four carries in the Bobcats’ 23-6 win over Ashdown.
“It’s been crazy,” Agim said. “I never would have thought I’d be at quarterback or running the ball. It’s just anything to help the team.
“If I have to get out there at center to block, or at defensive end or defensive tackle, whatever they need, I’ll do it.”
Agim said the Wildcat package was created this summer, when he told his coach that he felt like he could help the team on offense because of the CrossFit training he was doing.
During the win over Ashdown, that training was put on display. Despite the running back lining up on the wrong side, causing the defense to shift to that side of the field, Agim was able to run for a 60-yard touchdown.
“Somebody came through free and I made a spin move off of him,” Agim said. “I felt somebody else on me and I got him off with another spin move and started heading up field. I had made it to the edge of the offensive line when I hit that second one. Then it was a foot race.”
Agim had four carries for 43 yards and three touchdowns, as well as a safety on defense, during Hope’s first game, but the Bobcats still lost to Nashville 32-31. The Week 2 win over Ashdown was a much-needed one.
“It was real good,” Agim said. “We had a tough season last year, going 3-7, so we needed a good win to get our spirits up and let everyone know that we still have a chance, they just need to keep the faith.”