We’ve gotten used to seeing names from all across the country commit to the Razorbacks and their new coaching staff, but there is one close to home and he’s worth the short drive to see.
Roland has long been known as a basketball power. The gym is full of banners and plagues to prove it. But Austin Cantrell is trying to raise the football program on the same level, and he’s already gotten the attention of Bret Bielema and company.
“Colleges coming by not only talking to Austin but getting around our school and it’s improved the whole environment and guys are excited about it,” Jeff Streun, Roland coach said.
The Rangers were bounced in the first round of the playoffs last season, but Cantrell looks to carry the load on both sides of the ball. Streun is looking to move the senior around as much as possible, and it’s a task he’s ready for, and one he’s not afraid to joke about.
“It’s kind of rough right now learning a new position,” Austin Cantrell, Roland senior said. “Going from being the best defensive lineman we have to, I wouldn’t say the worst linebacker but possibly one of the worst linebackers.”
“Offensively it’s been an easy adjustment because he finished in the backfield quite a bit last year. Defense quite a bit of a difference for him. Getting into pass drop and learning to play some man to man. That’s been a big learning curve for him but he’s picked it up.” Streun said.
Cantrell is committed to the Razorbacks as a tight end prospect for the 2015 class, and he said he’s enjoyed the recruiting process up to this point.
“So far it’s been a really great experience getting to meet all these new coaches, learn new stuff. Especially the Arkansas coaches, they’re my favorite obviously,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell may quickly become a favorite of Hog fans as well. Not often you see a 6’4 250 pound tight end who runs a sub 4.6 forty yard dash.