Katy, Texas, junior offensive lineman Trace Oldner is back for his second straight Arkansas High School Camp in as many years, but he looks a lot different in 2016 than he did in 2015.
Oldner (6-5, 295), one of 400 or so in this year’s camp that runs Sunday through Tuesday, has grown from 255 pounds last summer to a solid 295.
“I have definitely put on some weight and gotten taller and bigger,” Oldner said. “I have probably matured a little bit more and got more experience on the varsity level so I definitely expect to come out and perform 10 times better.”
He is looking forward to working with new Razorback offensive line coach Kurt Anderson.
“I think it will be a great camp,” Oldner said. “I have heard a lot of good things about the new offensive line coach. Of course, I am a big fan of the SEC like Arkansas so I expect some good things.
“Last year I saw some really great things and I expect to see one good competition as well.”
Oldner, who has an offer from Indiana, has parents who are loyal to rivals with his dad an Arkansas fan from Dumas and his mom a former LSU cheerleader.
Oldner once wore an LSU shirt and an Arkansas hat to see the Tigers and Razorbacks play.
“My mom was an SEC cheerleader at LSU and my dad grew up an old SEC fan with Arkansas,” Oldner said. “It has pretty much been a house divided growing up.
“I kind of just give them both a little ground and hear them both out.”
Arkansas, Texas A&M and LSU are among the schools showing interest in Oldner, who played at Seven Lakes before moving to Katy, where he blocked for Texas tailback signee Kyle Porter.
“I am pretty coachable,” Oldner said. “I definitely take into consideration what they teach me and I try to apply it so they don’t have to tell me multiple times. Definitely a very athletic offensive lineman and move well, but one thing I do have to work on is staying lower on the field.”
He is hoping to earn an Arkansas offer during this camp.
“It would mean a lot,” Oldner said. “It would be amazing.”
He has taken notice of how Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema puts his linemen first.
“I definitely think it is great how he puts the offensive linemen in the NFL, but one thing I like about Arkansas is the respect for the offensive linemen,” Oldner said. “They definitely glorify the big guys a little bit more. So that is one thing that I really appreciate.”