Ryan Cantrell had received offers from Houston, Louisiana Tech, Iowa State and Duke, but ever since his verbal commitment last Sunday, Cantrell has only had eyes for Kansas.
On Saturday, those eyes were glued to a friend’s television as Cantrell
watched KU’s 24-3 loss to Nebraska. Despite the outcome, Cantrell
was still all smiles as he dreamed of his future and the chance to protect Kansas
quarterback Adam Barmann.
“We were watching the game yesterday over at my buddy’s house. I
over to my friend and said, ‘You know what’s weird? I’ll
be playing with that quarterback.’”
Cantrell has been really impressed this season with the Kansas offense, a system
that he says is not very different from what he played in high school.
“Their offense is pretty much identical to ours. They’re just more effective
Cantrell’s Clements High School team went 2-8 this year, a frustrating
record that fuels his fire even more to get up to Lawrence and join a program
that he thinks is really on the rise.
“It’s unreal to be able to turn a team around that quickly and knowing that
Coach Mangino helped build up OU, you just never know when it’s going be
the year for Kansas. It means the world to me that he would ask me to be
a part of that.”
In case you couldn’t tell, Cantrell is a pretty big Mangino fan.
“There were a lot of things about Kansas that contributed to my decision,
the one main thing is Coach Mangino’s dedication to winning. It’s
apparent in a lot of ways, including the new weight facility that he has for
Cantrell first visited Lawrence for a camp during Mangino’s first summer
on the Hill.
“I went up there in between my sophomore and junior year for a camp. It’s
kind of weird, that was the first camp like that I’d been to and now I’m
headed to KU.”
Cantrell’s next trip will come on December 5th when he follows through
on the official visit he set up prior to making his decision.
So what will Cantrell add to the Kansas program? The future Jayhawk says
pass blocking is his greatest strength.
“My passing blocking is probably what I do best. I’m a little quicker
than a lot of D-lineman out there. I’ve really been working hard
on my run blocking and have gotten so much better. I’ve got my squat
up to 500, and my bench up to 325 pounds.”
From those numbers, it’s easy to see that Cantrell loves spending time
in the weight room. Someday after his football career is over, this business-minded
young man might manage one.
“I’m going into business. I’ll be in the college of liberal arts at
KU and hopefully then on
to the business school. After my football career, a career in sports entertainment
management or business management would be fun, and I’d like to possibly
open up my own weight center.”
All those possibilities and decisions are still a long way a way. For now,
Cantrell just wants to reflect on what he thinks is the best decision of his
“I just can’t wait to get up there. It’s going to be the best
experience of my life. It’s going to be awesome.”
Though he likely won’t admit it, Cantrell is pretty awesome, himself.
Ryan Cantrell: Happy with KU Commitment
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