Arkansas Offers Excites Cantrell

Roland, Okla., standout Austin Cantrell (6-3, 249) not only got to take in Arkansas' first spring practice, but the Razorback staff sent him home with a souvenir.

One of Oklahoma's better prep football players took in an Arkansas practice on Sunday and left with a souvenir.

Roland junior tight end/H-back Austin Cantrell (6-3, 249) got an offer from Razorback head coach Bret Bielema after taking in their first spring practice of the season.

"The tight end coach Barry Lunney called me about four days ago and said they were thinking about offering me and wanted to know if I could come up and watch practice on Sunday and meet with the coaches," Cantrell said. "I got to meet Coach B and he told me that I was worth $160,000.

"Turns out that is what a scholarship to Arkansas is worth these days and he told me that he wanted to offer me one," Cantrell added. "I was very excited about it."

Cantrell caught 9 passes for 268 yards and rushed 41 times for 374 yards and numerous touchdowns – including four in one game – this past season.

"I think I averaged like 29 yards per catch, but actually got more yards rushing this season," Cantrell said. "We moved me around and lined me up all over the field.

"Arkansas told me they are looking at me as a tight end and possibly some H-back," Cantrell said.

Cantrell's only other offer so far is from the University of Central Oklahoma, which came on Friday.

But he is also getting interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Oregon State so far.

"I almost committed to Arkansas today, but I wanted to just think about it a little bit more," Cantrell said. "I may go see some other places, but it is going to be hard for me to turn down Arkansas. I think it is where I am going to end up playing because of Coach Bielema. I like him better than all the other coaches."

The Razorbacks had their first practice indoors because of the weather.

"I got a chance to see the tight ends go through their drills and the whole team go through their practice," Cantrell said. "They really work had and it was really cool."





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