June 8, 2010

Agnew names a leader

After coming back from Corvallis this week, Saint Louis running back Malcolm Agnew was glowing about his visit to Oregon State. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back holds a handful of scholarship offers, but one school seems to have taken a clear step forward.

"I don't really a top-5," Agnew said. "I can say Oregon State is on the top of my list. I just came back from my visit there. It was a great, great family atmosphere. I couldn't even walk without them opening a door. I just had a really good time there. Their last four running backs were in the top-11 in rushing in the Pac-10."

The Oregon State offer is one of seven scholarship offers with the others coming from Colorado State, Wyoming, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana and Southern Illinois. Agnew said he expects Northwestern and Wisconsin to offer soon and plans on visiting Virginia, as well as going to camps at Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois this summer.

The future Psychology Major said he is looking for a school and community he can fit into, even if football weren't in the picture.

Agnew rushed for 900 yards and 17 touchdowns last season on offense, while collecting 30 tackles and five pass break-ups on defense. Agnew claims a 4.41 time in the 40-yard dash, a bench press max of 290 to go with a squat max of 430. The DeSmet running back is the son of former Saint Louis Ram Ray Agnew, who coached in the NFL with current Colorado State Ram Head Coach Steve Fairchild.

"I am still very interested in the Rams," Agnew said. "I still like Coach Fairchild a lot and we still talk about once every week or two. We keep in touch."

Agnew has already been to Fort Collins to look at CSU, but may make a return visit. He said he is being recruited by the Rams' head man and his preference for a zone-running team could be a benefit for Colorado State, which has both zone and man-blocking schemes in a run-based offense.

"I love having the ball," Agnew said. "I love the inside zone, the outside zone, that is my bread and butter. I like that, especially the inside zone. I know how to read that play very well. I think I am also very underrated as a pass-catcher out of the backfield."

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