April 1, 2010

Saint Louis back has Rams excited

The Colorado State coaching staff hopes Steve Fairchild's connections to the Saint Louis Rams will bring them a new defensive back with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash and some good bloodlines. St. Louis DeSmet running back Malcolm Agnew has parlayed his production and potential into scholarship offers from Colorado State and Oregon State.

Agnew is a 5-foot-8, 180-pound running back/cornerback who rushed for 900 yards and 17 scores last year. He also broke up five passes and managed 30 tackles. Agnew is the son of former Ram player, coach and current scout, Ray Agnew. Fairchild used to coach with the elder Agnew while he was with the Rams.

"Coach Fairchild knows my dad," Agnew said. "He is one of my favorite coaches. I've talked to Coach Meyer, Coach Fairchild, Coach Duffie. they love football. They love you, they care about you."

Last season Agnew ran for 900 yards, gaining 10 yards per carry and scoring 17 touchdowns. On defense, he managed 30 tackles and five passed broken up for the 12-1 DeSmet Spartans, who reached the state semifinals.

"I have deceptive strength and I have good vision with the ball," Agnew said. "My quick feet help me explode through the hole. I also have knack for scoring quick. Defensively, I am good at man-to-man coverage."

Agnew said the Rams want him to play cornerback, while Missouri and Iowa are looking at him as a running back, as is Oregon State. Agnew said he would prefer to play offense, but is willing to play defense.

"I haven't been to Oregon State, but I like how they really wanted me to play running back and it wasn't a question," Agnew said. "I also like Iowa. It is great facilities, a great town and they have a great weightlifting program."

Colorado, Duke and Wisconsin are also contacting Agnew. The future physiology major said he is looking for a school that offers him a nice town to live in, as well as tradition and strong academics. He said he will take his visits this year and then make a decision on his college after his senior football season. Agnew has already taken an unofficial visit to Colorado State.

"They (CSU) are making a change and they are a few steps away from making one of the better teams in the country," Agnew said. "I really liked the fact Coach Fairchild couldn't guarantee me playing time. If you work hard and are willing to earn it, that is important and I am willing to work hard."

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