In the year of the offensive lineman in state of Arkansas, Monticello center Seth Oxner is one of the best and he's hoping a few of his rather large friends end up joining him at the University of Arkansas.
Oxner (6-5, 290), who committed to the Razorbacks back in March, has been one of the more impressive prospects this week at Houston Nutt's Football Camp.
"It's been a good life since I committed because there have been no more phone calls and less letters and I haven't had to worry about recruiting and all that," Oxner said. "It's been great. I've enjoyed camp this week."
Oxner is a true center that projects to that position in college although he will be lining up a different spot for the good of the team in 2006.
"I'm actually going to be playing guard for my high school this year, but that won't be a problem because I will still know how to snap the ball," Oxner said. "When it comes time, I will come up here early and learn the system and try to break in as a second or third-teamer or maybe even redshirt and be even more prepared that following year."
He's going to spend the rest of the summer continuing to work on both his strengths and weaknesses.
"I will concentrate on technique mainly and getting stronger," Oxner said. "I do think I have good explosion off the ball and can snap and step at the same time."
Oxner is good friends with Rogers offensive lineman Lee Ziemba (6-7, 295), a five-star prospect according to Scout.com and one of the nation's top linemen.
"He's a crazy kid, but he is a nice kid," Oxner said of Ziemba. He's a nice person and I like him a lot. We have become real good friends. Every now and then I mention he needs to come to Arkansas, but we just talk about other stuff. Like all men, we talk about girls and other stuff."
He's also met a couple of other large campers this week in Shiloh Christian's Nolan Hankins (6-7, 330) and Dardanelle junior-to-be Matt Hall (6-9, 318).
"Nolan Hankins, I have met him this week and become pretty good buds at camp this week and Matt Hall," Oxner said. "Those are both very good, big offensive lineman. I'd love to have them around with us."
While Oxner says he wants to continue to get stronger, he showed off what he has now at in the recent Class AAAA state track meet and the Meet of Champs.
"I finished third in the shot and fifth in the dscus at the Meet of Champs," Oxner said. "I won the (Class AAAA) state championships."
Monticello lost some key players, but Oxner believes they are going to have a very strong team returning that has added some very good skill players.
"I think we are going to be pretty good because we have a new running back coming in from Brinkley in D.J. Washington," Oxner said. "We also have another running back who is just going to be a sophomore in Ty Ferrell and he is going to be pretty good.
"Our line is going to be pretty good," Oxner said. "We have a bunch of strong offensive lineman. They are not that big, but they are all strong."
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