Cantrell Set for Official Visit

Roland (Okla.) High tight end Austin Cantrell is taking his official visit to Arkansas during the UAB game Saturday.

Austin Cantrell will be in Fayetteville for his official visit during the UAB game Saturday.

The three-star tight end from Roland, Okla., is already committed to the Razorbacks, but he is excited about being on campus.

“I’m looking forward to being around the coaches a little more,” Cantrell said. “I want to get used to the place I’m going.”

While he is a highly touted tight end – the No. 27 tight end in the Class of 2015 – Cantrell also plays running back and defensive end.

Last week, he caught two passes for 84 yards, both of which were touchdowns, ran for 44 yards on only six carries, and made 14 tackles, including seven for a loss and 1.5 sacks, on defense.

Despite the heavy workload, Cantrell said it didn’t wear him out.

“I’m kind of used to it by now,” Cantrell said. “It wasn’t out of the ordinary to play that much.”

His 1.5 sacks gave him the Roland High career record, which he said meant a lot to him because of the great players that have gone through Roland, including his father.

Cantrell said that he would play defense at Arkansas if the coaches asked, but he sees himself playing a similar role to A.J. Derby – a pass-catcher with speed that can also block as a tight end and fullback.

“The way our offense is set up, I’m doing a lot of same things as (Derby),” Cantrell said. “It’ll work out really good. I have that experience already.”

He is also looking forward to playing with the other tight ends Arkansas is bringing in with him. The Razorbacks also have commitments from Dumas four-star tight end Will Gragg (No. 4 TE in the country) and Fayetteville three-star tight end C.J. O’Grady (No. 17).

“It’s exciting to have three guys like that,” Cantrell said. “There will be a lot of competition. We’ve got three guys that are all pretty different. It’ll give us different weapons on offense.”

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