The Gatorade State Football Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For the list of the other 2015-16 Gatorade State Football POY’s, click here.
THE WINNER: McTelvin Agim
School: Hope (Ark.)
Position: Defensive end
Weight: 275 pounds
Athletic achievement: He recorded 72.5 total tackles, 26 tackles for a loss and 14 sacks this past season, leading the Bobcats to a 9-3 record and the Class 5A quarterfinals. Agim also rushed for nine touchdowns and averaged 50.0 yards on seven kickoff returns. A two-time All-State selection, he is ranked as the nation’s No. 9 recruit in the Class of 2016 by ESPN and has been chosen to play in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game.
Academic excellence: Agim has maintained a 3.60 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered as a computer technician in his school and has served as a counselor at youth football camps.
“Agim can dominate a game on defense, but he can also run the ball, throw the ball, catch the ball,” said Jared Dutton, head coach at Watson Chapel High. “He’s got great speed and power and he plays hard. He’s a special player.”
THE FUTURE: Agim has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2016.