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Arkansas Pledge McTelvin Agim Enjoys Busy Week

Arkansas defensive end pledge McTelvin Agim was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Arkansas earlier this week and then took his official visit to his future school this weekend.

It has been an eventful week for McTelvin Agim.

The four-star defensive end had an in-home visit from Arkansas coaches at his home in Hope during the week and took an official visit to Fayetteville over the weekend.

Those visits were sandwiched around Agim, who hopes to be able to practice with Arkansas beginning Dec. 19, being named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Arkansas.

“It’s a blessing,” Agim said. “Only one athlete in the state gets it in a year. It’s just a stepping-stone. Hopefully it can lead to something bigger.”

Agim – who also played offense during his senior year with the Bobcats – is the first defensive player to win the award in the state since 2004.

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. and defensive coordinator Robb Smith visited Agim in Hope on Tuesday.
The trio of coaches impressed his family.

“It was nice,” Agim said. “They were able to see some of my family that didn’t come up on my visits earlier in the year. My family fell in love with them even more, so now they’re ready for me to come up.”

When he was in Fayetteville on his official visit, Agim said he hung out with several members of Arkansas’ offensive and defensive lines, including defensive ends Tevin Beanum and Brandon Lewis.

“It was great,” Agim said. “Just seeing a lot more things I’ve already seen. (I) was able to be around the family environment, players and coaches, so it was wonderful for me.”

Agim committed to the Razorbacks in September and is trying to get other prospects to join him at Arkansas.

He even posted a picture with four-star running back Devin White – who was also on an official visit – on Twitter.

“That’s my buddy,” Agim said. “We have been to The Opening together and all of that. Hopefully Devin does come, (but) it’s his decision. If he doesn’t come, he will still be my buddy. He would be a great piece to have.”

If anyone is qualified to inform recruits about the University of Arkansas, it’s Agim. Before making his decision, he researched each school and its history of African Americans.

His research led to him discovering that Arkansas was the first major university in the south to admit black students.

“I researched a lot of colleges that offered me,” Agim said. “I feel like it was important to me. African Americans have been through a lot to get to this point and I’m able to do the things I’ve done.

“I feel like Arkansas has treated African Americans with great respect. They were one of the first states to start the healing process and making equal rights.”

With only a couple weeks left in the fall semester, Agim is closer to joining the team than most recruits, as he plans on enrolling in classes for the spring semester.

He hopes to participate in the Razorbacks’ bowl practices.

“I just have to pass my classes, get my transcript sent off and drive up,” Agim said. “I can’t practice until the 19th, so that dictates when I can come up. I could probably come up the 17th, 18th, I don’t know yet.

“I don’t know what day I’m going to come up and get all the paperwork and everything out of the way. That’s what I really want to do.”


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