Though Dacula center Matt Agnew may be small by lineman standards, the intelligent leader of the offensive line makes up for it with his heart and ability to help teammates get in the right position. The six-foot, 250 pound Agnew found his niche this season when he moved over from guard to center. He likes the position due to his ability to be able to control the offensive line blocking schemes and make sure his teammates are all on the same page. Agnew helped anchor the offensive line for the 10-2 Falcons, Dacula’s best record in eight seasons.
Matt got into football in the fifth grade when his Dad, who played at South Gwinnett, helped him learn the game. He has been named to the Gwinnett Daily Post Honor Roll for his work on the offensive line. Matt has taken an unofficial visit to Duke, who has shown interested in the intelligent Agnew. He currently holds a 3.5 GPA and would like to study either sport management or sport medicine in school. These two areas of study interest him the most because it allows him to remain tied in with the sports industry after his playing career is over.
During the summer Matt likes to throw discuss to help with his strength and explosion. He also is a part of the FCA and Student-Athlete Leadership Team at Dacula. He has met with elementary school children and talked with them and thanked them for all their support this season. Agnew has made a point of being a well-rounded individual to buck the stereotype of all football players being meatheads. He takes pride in focusing on his studies and doing well in the classroom.
His favorite football memory came earlier this year when Dacula defeated Mill Creek 28-21. Matt commented on how it was a great environment and how they were able to beat a team that was favored by many pundits. When asked about helping Dacula to its best record since ’06, Matt mentioned how it was important to get through adversity and how “you can achieve anything you set your mind to”. His parents and his great coaching staff are who helped him through tough times this season and led him eventually to success. With another year of eligibility, Matt will try to lead Dacula even further into the postseason and rack up some offers along the way.