McTelvin Agim Signs with Arkansas

Hope (Ark.) four-star defensive end McTelvin Agim became Arkansas' second 2016 signee Thursday.

Arkansas' second signee in its 2016 class is arguably its most important.

Hope (Ark.) four-star defensive end McTelvin Agim signed a financial aid agreement with the Razorbacks Thursday. He chose Arkansas over offers from many top-tier schools, including Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas.

“McTelvin has been a guy that we’ve heavily recruited over the last three years,” Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “It’s very rewarding not only for him but also for us.

"We’re happy to have him on our campus now, practicing with us before the bowl game, and we look forward to him joining us in January. It shows the caliber of student-athletes we can bring to the University of Arkansas.”

Agim led Hope to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the Class 5A quarterfinals. He racked up 72.5 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 14 sacks, as well as nine pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and one interception on defense.

The Bobcats also used him in other areas of the game, as he played running back and quarterback in the Wildcat formation. He finished with eight rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown and one passing touchdown.

On special teams, he returned eight kickoffs for 406 yards and one touchdown, blocked one punt and converted two two-point tries.

That performance earned Agim a spot in the 2016 Under Armor All-American game and helped him become the first defense player to be named Arkansas' Gatorade Player of the Year since 2004.

While his signature on the FAA made it official in the eyes of the NCAA and allows him to practice with the team leading up to Arkansas' bowl game against Kansas State, it didn't really change anything for Agim.

"I feel when I committed, it was official, so I really feel the same," Agim said. "I'm just ready. It's a chance to learn the system faster."

He took his final exam Wednesday, signed the FAA Thursday and will be in Fayetteville Friday.

Agim joins Northwest Mississippi C.C. three-star offensive lineman Terrance Deion Malone as the Razorbacks' only signees for the 2016 class so far.

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