By Otis Kirk
Defensive end McTelvin Agim pulled a bit of a surprise on Thursday when he announced he was returning to Arkansas for his senior season.
Agim announced the decision on Twitter.
When he was being recruited out of Hope High School as a five-star recruit Agim stated he would stay at Arkansas for three years and then go to the NFL. It appeared recently he was leaning to leaving for the NFL and a tweet on Dec. 19 probably helped make that seem likely.
happy i can say im done with college classes. only going up from here🌹— McTelvin Agim (@So_Splash) December 20, 2018
With his return, Agim now offers Arkansas a very solid option on the defensive line who can play all four positions. He played both inside and outside for Arkansas this season while starting all 12 games.
As a senior, Agim was sixth on the team with 45 tackles, including 19 unassisted. He led the team with 10 tackles for loss and also 11 quarterback hurries. He added 4.5 sacks, one pass breakup, three forced fumbles and a recovered one.
In his first two seasons at Arkansas, Agim played in 25 games with 16 starts. He had 64 tackles, including 23 unassisted, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, five quarterback hurries and three pass breakups.
Agim chose Arkansas over a long list of other schools in the Class of 2016. He enrolled in January, 2016, and then went on to start five games as a true freshman and playing in all 13. He was rated the No. 11 recruit in the nation by ESPN.
As a senior at Hope, Agim had 77 tackles, including 13 for loss, 24 sacks, eight quarterback hurries and nine pass breakups while leading the Bobcats to a 9-3 record. He played both ways for Jay Turley’s squad. On offense, he rushed for 184 yards and eight touchdowns on 21 carries. He caught eight passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 50 yards on seven kickoff returns.
Agim joins linebacker De’Jon Harris in announcing his return to Arkansas for the 2019 season. It appears that cornerback Ryan Pulley will also be back for his senior season though nothing official has been announced. Those were the three players Chad Morris identified as considering declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft.