When the Roland (Okla.) three-star tight end and Arkansas signee received a picture of his No. 44 Razorbacks jersey, he sent it to everyone in his phone.
“That was cool,” Cantrell said. “I’m ready to get started up there.”
Last week, he got a taste of his future home when he came up to Arkansas’ annual Red-White spring game.
He watched as Hunter Henry, Jeremy Sprinkle and Alex Voelzke combined for 11 receptions for 86 yards. Despite the apparent depth at the position, Cantrell is excited to come in and compete for playing time.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to play at tight end some this year,” Cantrell said. “I don’t know if I’ll start, but it would be nice to get some plays.”
Even if he doesn’t get many reps at tight end, Cantrell expects to get on the field in other ways.
“I’ll play special teams for sure,” Cantrell said. “I just want to play. I don’t care what position.”
However, before he arrives on campus May 24, Cantrell must finish up his track season. He recently won the shot put, discuss and 4x100 relay at the McDonald Relays in Fort Smith.
Cantrell is undefeated in the shot and is the anchor of the undefeated 4x100 relay team, which may come as a surprise because he’s 240 pounds.
“I hear that stuff all the time,” Cantrell said. “I get comments all the time, ‘How are you that big and the anchor?’”
He has only two more track meets left in his high school career: the regional meet which is Saturday and the state meet the following week.
Despite the fact that his time at Roland is winding down, Cantrell is excited for the next chapter in his life.
“I wish I could replay some stuff that happens in high school, like play another football game,” Cantrell said, “but I’m ready to get started up there.”